Two students arrested for Roundhouse damage

T-R FILE PHOTO By MIKE DONAHEY Trucks and staff from Marshalltown Community School District’s Buildings and Grounds Department are shown earlier this year on the north side of the Marshalltown High School Roundhouse. Staff were dispatched to the scene to make immediate repairs after two suspects crashed a stolen truck into the doors of the roundhouse. Marshalltown police arrested two juveniles Thursday in connection to the incident.

Two Marshalltown High School students have been arrested and charged with damage to the MHS Roundhouse after they allegedly crashed a vehicle into the facility two months ago.

On Thursday, Marshalltown Police Department announced they had arrested two juveniles earlier in the day, both students at MHS, and charged them with first-degree criminal mischief and second-degree theft.

MHS Capt. Brian Batterson told the T-R that after several witness and suspect interviews, as well as consulting with the Marshall County Attorney’s office, the two juveniles, ages 16 and 17, were arrested at the high school.

Around 4:15 a.m. on Aug. 4, MPD officers were called to the Roundhouse, where a truck had crashed into the north side of the facility. It was later discovered the vehicle used had been stolen from a local car dealership. Damage to school property was estimated at approximately $20,000.

School district officials said they were thankful for a resolution in the investigation.

“We are appreciative of the Marshalltown Police Department for their continued work which led to an arrest from this unfortunate incident. The Roundhouse damage has since been repaired and the students could be facing school disciplinary action as well as the police charges,” said Andrew Potter, the communications director for the Marshalltown school district.

Once the juveniles were processed at the police department, one juvenile was transported to the Central Iowa Juvenile Detention Center; the other was released to a parent/guardian.