SKOWHEGAN — Police say they have found evidence that may lead them to whoever vandalized eight school buses sometime between Thursday and Sunday at the district bus garage.

Police Chief Don Bolduc said the police department was notified of the damage Sunday by a passer-by.

Bolduc said rocks were thrown through windows of several buses “and sticks were found jammed in the radiator area of the buses” at the School Administrative District 54 bus garage on East Maple Street near the Memorial Field sports complex and baseball field.

Bolduc said Tuesday that police “recovered physical evidence from the scene and are reviewing surveillance cameras in the area.” He said the department was not ready to publicly disclose what evidence was found.

There are security cameras trained on most of the parking lot, SAD 54 Support Services Manager Don Leavitt said. The area where the buses are parked is at the back of the lot. A fence separates it from the ballfields beyond.

Damage to the buses is estimated to be more than $2,000, Leavitt said. The windshields on seven buses were smashed with rocks, four sliding side windows were broken, and a window on one of the bus doors was broken in, leaving a large hole and the low-shatter glass on the ground and inside the bus.

Leavitt said the buses are insured.

Gary Stafford, SAD 54 transportation director, surveyed the damage Tuesday.

All the buses are Blue Bird models, about 16 years old – older than much of the fleet and used as backup and spares if some of the buses in the main fleet break down. They have been parked at the far end of the garage lot since last fall, Leavitt said.

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