$10K worth of damage done at Prairie Heights High School

LAGRANGE COUNTY, Ind. (WANE)  The LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department is asking for help identifying the person or people responsible for damaging a football field. Authorities said sometime early Wednesday morning, someone in a small SUV vehicle drove onto the Prairie Heights Campus.

“It happened in the early morning hours, somewhere between 3 a.m. and 3:30 a.m.,” said Indiana State Police Detective Jeff Boyd, who is assisting the school in the investigation.

The school’s resource officer said the driver drove onto the football field and the baseball diamond causing thousands of dollars in damages. Initial estimates show about $10,000 worth of damage was done. The vehicle also drove into a cornfield, damaging the crop.

“The vehicle drove through an open gate on the complex,” said Boyd, who added the gates had since been locked. “They got onto the field and made some turns and tore up the whole field. They also got onto the ball diamond, which was just updated by the school.”

The damaged corn crop is managed by the school’s Future Farmers of America club.

“Why would someone do this to another farmer’s crop,” asked a distraught Nick Bennett, a 2014 Prairie Heights graduate who was in FFA and continues to help the club this summer.

The majority of the damage was to the school’s football which, where the team is scheduled to play its first home football game on Friday August 29 against Woodlan.  School officials did not return NewsChannel 15’s calls to answer the school will do about the upcoming football season.

“There’s probably, obviously, some reason someone would do something like this,” Boyd said.  “Football season is getting ready to start, and they have some home games coming up.  With the damage here, they need to make some serious repairs before they can play.”

If you have any information on this, call the LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department at (260) 463-7491.

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