A 17-year-old boy was booked into San Luis Obispo County Juvenile Hall in connection to reports of vandalism on Friday in Arroyo Grande, police said.
The teen was being held on charges of grand theft auto, possession of stolen property, providing a false name to a police officer and vandalism, according to the Arroyo Grande Police Department. (The Tribune is not naming the teen because he is a minor.)
Police received numerous calls about vandalism Friday evening in the area around Arroyo Grande High School, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and Lady Family Mortuary.
The teen allegedly punctured tires on 19 vehicles, and broke a bus window, an outdoor display case and a classroom window. Police said the damage exceeded $7,000.
On Sunday, police received a report of a stolen vehicle about 10:05 p.m. from the 200 block of South Mason Street.
The vehicle, which was equipped with an auto security system, was located by Pismo Beach police and three occupants were detained – the 17-year-old, a 16-year-old boy and a 21-year-old male transient who had received a ride from the two teens.
Police said they believe the 17-year-old had committed the vandalism based on statements and physical evidence taken during an investigation.