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Vandals break into 3 Riverview schools, police release surveillance

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A group of juveniles caused thousands of dollars of damage in 3 elementary schools in the Riverview Gardens district. A group of juveniles caused thousands of dollars of damage in 3 elementary schools in the Riverview Gardens district.
A group of juveniles caused thousands of dollars of damage in 3 elementary schools in the Riverview Gardens district. A group of juveniles caused thousands of dollars of damage in 3 elementary schools in the Riverview Gardens district.
A group of juveniles caused thousands of dollars of damage in 3 elementary schools in the Riverview Gardens district. A group of juveniles caused thousands of dollars of damage in 3 elementary schools in the Riverview Gardens district.
A group of juveniles caused thousands of dollars of damage in 3 elementary schools in the Riverview Gardens district. A group of juveniles caused thousands of dollars of damage in 3 elementary schools in the Riverview Gardens district.
DELLWOOD, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Police released photos of a group of juveniles who broke into three elementary schools in the Riverview Gardens School District last week, damaging doors, windows and spraying fire extinguishers.

The vandals caused thousands of dollars worth of damage in a school district that is struggling to improve.

A St. Louis County police officer saw several older teenagers running from one of the schools after the vandalism occurred.

Residents in the neighborhoods around Glasgow, Highland and Moline Elementary Schools said they are disappointed by the vandalism but not surprised.

"This is just a trend that is beginning now that can spiral into something much worse," said a man who lives near one of the schools.

Two of the schools are located in Glasgow Village and another in Dellwood.

Other residents said more children are out roaming around at night.

"The parents are not taking care of their kids, they're not watching them," a woman in the area said.

The juveniles broke through windows and doors to gain entry. After damaging the first school, they moved a half mile down the road to another school.

According to officials, the Riverview Gardens district will turn over its security camera footage to police to help catch the vandals.

District officials said they hope to have the damage cleaned up in time for their "Feed the Brain" program on Monday, where the schools are open for children up to age 18 to come in and have a meal and read.

Anyone who recognizes the suspects is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS (8477).

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