Police Charge Two in School Vandalism Case
Reston men suspected of trashing Sunset Hills Montessori's bus Sunday night.
Fairfax County Police have charged two Reston residents with destruction of property, possession of fictitious ID and other charges in connection with vandalism at Sunset Hills Montessori School last week.
Kevin M. Steidler, 20, of 11900 block of Sentinel Point Court, was charged with possession of fictitious identification, destruction of property and vehicle trespass.
Brendan A. Galbraith, 18, of the 10900 block of Thrush Ridge Road, was charged with underage possession of alcohol, destruction of property and vehicle trespass.
Police were called to the school in the 11100 block of Ridge Heights Road at 1:55 a.m. Saturday after they received a call of suspicious person there.
Upon arrival, responding officers were alerted by load noises coming from the parking lot of Sunset Hills Montessori, Officer Bud Walker said.
Officers then observed two men throwing objects at a bus in the parking lot. The suspects attempted to flee but were caught by officers in some nearby woods. Further investigation revealed heavy destruction to the interior and exterior of the bus as well as a nearby bench, Walker said.
Head of School Eileen Minarik said the suspects had dumped trash on the bus, sprayed the fire extinguisher in the interior, knocked out several bus windows, doused it with motor oil and attempted to set the bus on fire.
Police said it is not believed that this case is connected with any other case. South Lakes High School also was the target of vandals on Sunday night. Two juveniles have been charged in that case.
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