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Three Charged in Pottsgrove HS Vandalism

Allegedly caused about $20,000 in damages

Three Charged in Pottsgrove HS Vandalism

Last updated 3:08 p.m. Friday

 A Stowe man and two teenaged minors have been charged in a series of vandalism incidents at Pottsgrove High School this summer, Lower Pottsgrove Township Police said Friday.

Police said they identified Jordan Temple, 19, and his 16 and 17-year-old alleged accomplices by examining surveillance video from a store where the trio allegedly purchased bottles of ketchup that were used during an August 15 incident in a utility shed on the high school's property.

On that same date, police said, Temple and the other teens set fire to a stack of wooden pallets in the southwest corner of the high school's stadium. The fire was extinguished and the damage contained to the pallets.

The three are also accused of damaging soccer nets and stadium bleachers, as well as other utility sheds and their contents. Police estimated the total damage from the vandalism incidents to be about $20,000.

All three have been charged with institutional vandalism, which is a felony, and criminal trespass. The two juveniles are also charged with dangerous burning, which is a subcategory of arson.

Lower Pottsgrove Police Chief Michael Foltz praised his staff for bringing "a successful resolution" to the case.

"The ingenuity of the responding officers in recognizing evidence left behind and their diligence in securing confirmation on where the evidence originated, combined with the follow-up investigation by the detective was a combined effort exemplifying fine police work," Foltz said in a statement sent to local media outlets.

Temple was arraigned Friday and released on $50,000 unsecured bail. He is prohibited from going on school property or having any contact with police while on bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for September 10.

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