Police: Man and juvenile did $12k in damage to Coralville elementary school

'They just kind of ripped through the place'

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CORALVILLE — A Coralville man and his juvenile accomplice did more than $12,000 in damage to Coralville Central school last week, police said.

According to Coralville police, sometime between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9, 25-year-old Kevin W. Ventura-Jimenez and a juvenile entered Coralville Central Elementary School, 501 Sixth St., and vandalized the school.

Lt. Shane Kron said the gym floor had just been painted and the pair walked through the paint. They also spilled soda on the wet paint, splashed paint on some walls and poured paint on a door.

“A lot of paint damage,” Kron said. “It was just damage everywhere. They just kind of ripped through the place.”

Kron said Ventura-Jimenez and the juvenile also poured sugar into the gas tank of a skid loader parked at the school, though that act happened the night before.

Ventura-Jimenez and the juvenile were found at the school after the damage was discovered by workers there.

“At least one of the two people still had wet paint on the bottom of their shoes,” Kron said.

The pair admitted to doing the damage. Police said Ventura-Jimenez and the juvenile walked through the school grounds and they pointed out what they did.

The construction company working at the school estimated the damage done was in excess of $12,000. Ventura-Jimenez was arrested and faces one count of first-degree criminal mischief, a Class C felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Kron said the juvenile — who has not been named — would face a similar charge.

While the damage was extensive, Kron said he did not believe it would affect students returning to school next week.

“I think they got right to cleaning up the damage and fixing it,” he said. “I think they had it cleaned up in a couple of days.”

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