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FARMINGTON — Police are investigating an act of vandalism resulting in thousands of dollars' worth of damage at the new Farmington High School.

Farmington police officers were dispatched at 1:38 a.m. Saturday to the high school at 2200 N. Sunset Ave. in response to an activated alarm, according to police spokeswoman Georgette Allen.

Allen said police at the scene discovered someone had broken a window to gain access to the school. Once inside, the suspect scattered paint and soap, and set off a fire extinguisher, according to Allen.

Ted Lasiewicz, chief of operations for the Farmington Municipal School District, estimated the total damage between $5,000 and $6,000.

"We have taken care of most of it," he said.

Criminal damage to property exceeding $1,000 is a fourth-degree felony, punishable by up to 18 months in prison and up to $5,000 in fines.

The district recently completed construction on the three-story, 51,317 square-foot building, which is expected to be occupied for the first time in the upcoming school year.

On Sunday, San Juan County Crime Stoppers posted a photo of the suspect that was captured by a surveillance camera at the school. Allen said the department has since received numerous tips regarding the incident and several persons of interest have been identified.

She said no motive has yet been established in the incident, and police are not yet certain if anything was stolen.

"All the staff are out for the summer, and it will take them going through stuff to see if anything is missing," Allen said.

Anyone with information regarding the incident can report anonymous tips to Crime Stoppers by calling 505-334-TIPS (8477).

Steve Garrison covers crime and courts for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644. 

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