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Teenage boys arrested for racially charged vandalism to Roseville schools

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Roseville police arrested five teenage boys Sunday on charges of vandalizing Buljan Middle School, including spray painting walls with swastikas, gang slogans and the N-word.

A school employee reported the vandalism on the inside and outside of the school gymnasium along with other nearby buildings early Sunday morning, Roseville police spokeswoman Dee Dee Gunther wrote in an email. In addition to the spray painting, vandals pried open a roll-up door, discharged a fire extinguisher, broke a window and stole sodas.

Officers found similar graffiti on buildings at Vencil Brown Elementary School, which is less than a mile from Buljan Middle School. There was also damage reported in Buljan Park, Gunther said.

Investigating officers followed evidence to a Roseville residence where they found five boys, the used fire extinguisher and sodas believed to be from the school. At least two of the boys lived at the residence.

Officers also found a firearm and “evidence of drug sales,” Gunther said.

The boys, ages 14 to 16 years old, were arrested for vandalism motivated by hate, burglary and conspiracy. They were taken to Placer County Juvenile Hall.

School maintenance crews have cleaned up the graffiti at Buljan Middle School and Vencil Elementary School in time for school Monday, Gunther said.

Molly Sullivan: 916-321-1176, @SullivanMollyM

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