But that was just a taste of the damage done that night.
Vandals also shattered 30 windows at John Baker Elementary School; 11 at Hoover Middle School; and 13 at Eldorado High School, all within hours.
Though it’s not certain all four incidents are linked, the schools are within three miles of one another in Northeast Albuquerque near Juan Tabo between Montgomery and Indian School.
Police are trying to identify three teen or young adult vandals shown on surveillance footage from Jackson Middle School.
Repairs could cost between $16,000 and $18,000, according to Albuquerque Public Schools spokeswoman Monica Armenta.
School district authorities found out about the vandalism when alarms at Jackson Middle School were triggered around 2 a.m. Thursday. Windows at Jackson Middle School have been shattered two other times this month.
Surveillance footage from Jackson shows three young men walking around the school, and then one climbing on the roof.
Armenta said police won’t release information on what the vandals used to break the windows because it’s an ongoing investigation.
Nothing was stolen from inside the schools, Armenta said. She said the vandals’ motive appears to simply be “destruction.”
“It’s disheartening to see that money that would have been used for improvements at the school, or any number of things, is now going to have to go toward making repairs that were completely unnecessary,” Armenta said.
The video has been sent to school principals and assistant principals in the hope that someone will identify the suspects, who appear to be teens or “school-age.” Anyone with information should call APS police.
“What we’re most concerned about is identifying those three individuals,” Armenta said. “They were out at 2:12 a.m. involved in irresponsible, destructive and dangerous activity. We’re concerned that they get the help they need, and of course we’re interested in finding out who they are should we need to prosecute.”