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School District Asks Public's Help to Stop Recent Wave of Vandalism

Incidents on Albany Unified School District property within the past two weeks have included two fires that started in trash cans and damage to a district-owned vehicle.

Albany school officials are asking for the public's help to combat a recent increase in vandalism on school property, including trash-can fires and damage to a vehicle.

The school district experiencing an "unusually high level of vandalism," according to Jacqueline Manbusan, executive assistant to Albany Unified School District Supt. Marla Stephenson.

Recent incidents included fires that originated in trash cans at two school sites, one on Thursday, March 21, about 8 p.m. and the second during the evening of Monday, March 25, Manibusan said. The fires caused "expensive damage," she said.

Vandals also damaged a district-owned vehicle on Wednesday, March 20, she said.

Neighbors who notice any suspicious activity on school property outside normal operating hours are asked to notify the Albany Police Department immediately.

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