Stolen vehicle causes damage at Barry Goldwater High

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- Suspects in a reportedly stolen vehicle caused an estimated thousands of dollars in damage to Barry Goldwater High School on Sunday, according to Phoenix officials.

Police received a call reporting criminal damage at the Phoenix high school at about 1 a.m.

Suspects in the stolen white Toyota Tundra drove through the closed gates on to the football field, damaging the fence, football field, and benches.

The suspects then totaled the vehicle by ramming it into both goal posts and left the scene before police arrived, according to Lt. Steve Martos.

"The kids are a little bit affected by this right now," said Assistant Principal Brian Jacobs, "The players, of course, they're affected, but I can tell you that the coach is going to have them ready to play."

It's a big blow to the football team. This act of vandalism comes just before a much-anticipated game with Sunrise Mountain on Thursday.

"At the end of the day, this is a big game for both teams," says head coach Richard Metcalfe. "Victory comes by playing the game here on Thursday. If we can get that game played and be able to play it here, to me, that's the victory. Win or lose by score, we're saying that you can't beat us."

Shortly before the vandals struck, officers responded to calls involving the same vehicle driving recklessly and damaging mailboxes and yards in residential areas.

Anyone with information regarding this crime can contact the Phoenix Police Department or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.