Skip to main content

Five boys vandalize old school in Cloquet, causing $38K of damage

They have all been charged with burglary and damage to property.

Five boys caused almost $40,000 worth of damage during a burglary and vandalism spree at a former school in northern Minnesota.

The damage was carried out at the old Cloquet Middle School on Carlton Avenue last month, the Cloquet Police Department said.

Vandals broke into the building and proceeded to break windows, spray paint graffiti on the walls, and spray fire extinguishers.

Investigators were led to a group of boys they believe responsible for the damage when they found a backpack inside the school that contained the name of one of the suspects.

Within 24 hours, the police department had found the five boys accused of the attack, some of whom confessed to their crime during questioning.

All five have been charged as juveniles with 2nd degree burglary and 1st degree damage to property.

Students in Cloquet move to a new, $40 million middle school this past September, as the Duluth News Tribune reported.

The old Cloquet Middle School.

The old Cloquet Middle School.

Next Up

police tape

3 at trauma centers in critical condition after rural MN attack

Two victims and the alleged attacker are in critical condition.

grinch neighbor

Neighborhood 'grinch' sends letter to Burnsville family over holiday lights

A Burnsville family's holiday decorations were the subject of an anonymous complaint.

image

Anthropologie shutters Grand Avenue store, opening planned for Rosedale Center

The popular holiday shopping weekend marked the last for customers of the Grand Avenue store.

hospital, emergency room

Woman found on side of highway after hit-and-run

The 41-year-old was airlifted to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Jorden Nicole Borders

Charges: Minnesota woman tortured her kids, removed boy's blood

Warning: This story contains upsetting content.

first snow

Will narrow band of 6+ inches of snow hit Twin Cities Tuesday?

The NWS says a band of 6+ inches is looking likely. It's now a matter of where.

ambulance

Siblings, ages 19 and 14, killed in crash on icy MN highway

The crash happened around 1:15 a.m. Saturday in Carlton County.

Nicholas Kraus

Man sentenced for fatally striking woman during Uptown protest

Nicholas Kraus, 36, of St. Paul drove into a protest in Uptown last year, killing Deona Marie Knajdek.

Flickr - police lights squad siren - Edward Kimmel

Fleeing suspect crashes into vehicle in Woodbury, 2 injured

The crash occurred Friday afternoon after a pursuit with Woodbury police.

Screen Shot 2022-11-26 at 2.34.44 PM

Yes, that's MN native Jenny Taft in a State Farm commercial

Jenny Taft got her broadcasting career started in Minneapolis in 2011.

crime scene tape - police tape

23-year-old woman critical after shooting in Plymouth

A 23-year-old woman was shot Friday night in Plymouth.

white Christmas

2 MN towns among most 'magical' winter locations in the country

The list was compiled by Trips Discover and published earlier this month.

Related

BB gun vandalism spree leaves trail of damage across St. Cloud

A teen thought to be involved has been identified, but police continue to investigate.

Police: Boy secretly recorded students, adults in school bathrooms

Police have launched an investigation into the allegation.

Vandalism grand marais

Grand Marais is being plagued by a serial vandal

Someone has been tagging vehicles across the city.

20 car windows smashed in NE Minneapolis vandalism spree

The culprits may have used a BB or pellet gun to cause some of the damage.

279946779_311884827797267_7808507848426662855_n

Boy arrested for 20 acts of vandalism in Forest Lake

Police say the estimated cost to repair the property damage is from $30,000 to $50,000.

Red Lake school vandalism.

Red Lake police looking for kids who vandalized local schools

Schools and bus garages in the area suffered thousands of dollars' worth of damage.

Pool vandalism in West Concord, Dodge County.

Authorities in Dodge County seeking vandals who trashed public pool

They left extensive damage to the pool and a construction area.