2 Former students accused of damaging football field at Barry Goldwater H.S.

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Richard Tafoya (left) and Kody Sarkissian By Jennifer Thomas Richard Tafoya (left) and Kody Sarkissian By Jennifer Thomas
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PHOENIX – Phoenix police have arrested two former students who allegedly caused extensive damage at Barry Goldwater High School last month.

Richard Tafoya and Kody Sarkissian, both 18, face charges of theft of means of transportation, commercial burglary and criminal damage.

Tafoya and Sarkissian are accused of stealing a white Toyota Tundra then damaging mailboxes and driving recklessly through residential yards before driving onto the high school's football field around 1 a.m. on Oct. 5.

Police said the suspects drove through the closed gates and onto the football field, damaging the fence, field and bleachers.

The suspects then rammed into both goal posts, which rendered the vehicle inoperable.

The suspects fled before officers arrived.

The damage to the school, which is located near Deer Valley Road and 27th Avenue, was estimated at several thousand dollars.

Police spokesman Officer James Holmes said detectives developed information that Tafoya and Sarkissian were involved in the theft of the truck and the criminal damage that occurred on the streets of the neighborhood and on the school grounds.

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