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Eight Lompoc Unified School District vehicles vandalized Friday evening

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Posted at 2:05 PM, Aug 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-29 17:08:07-04

The Lompoc Unified School District said Saturday that eight district vehicles were vandalized Friday night.

According to a news release from Lompoc Unified, between 9:30 p.m. Friday and 5:30 a.m. Saturday, the suspect or suspects broke into the Central Services Yard and stole each district vehicle's catalytic converter.

Officials say the vehicles are "completely inoperable" until the units are replaced.

The vehicles that were vandalized include maintenance trucks and student transport vans, according to the release.

"We are working closely with Lompoc PD to identify those responsible. Our immediate focus is getting these vehicles up and running so they can rejoin our fleet and our dedicated workers have them to continue their daily work assignments," said Trevor McDonald, superintendent of the Lompoc Unified School District.

School officials added district employees found alternative means to ensure their facilities are ready by Monday.

“Security was one of the first projects that would have been funded by the various school bonds that we had brought forward previously. Since our bond efforts weren’t successful, we are looking at ways to improve our current system given our fiscal limitations,” said Bree Valla, deputy superintendent of the school district.

KSBY News has requested photos and videos of the vandalism.

This story is developing. Please check back later for more updates as they become available.