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

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

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