Se­nior prank goes wrong

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CEN­TRE­VILLE — Three Cen­tre­ville teens face bur­glary and other charges in what po­lice say was a se­nior prank gone wrong.

Gar­ret Lo­gan Deese, 18, Robert David Chanaud, 19, and Wy­att Pa­trick Pin­der, 18, all se­niors at the school, were charged in a May 26 in­ci­dent that dam­aged the statue of the school’s lion mas­cot.

At 1:30 a.m. Fri­day, staff at Queen Anne’s County High School dis­cov­ered the con­crete lion statue that sits in the lobby of the school had been moved down a hall, where it was left on its side. Deputies from the Queen Anne’s County Sher­iff’s Of­fice re­sponded.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion, in­clud­ing video and state­ments, showed three males en­ter the school through an open door; they un­rolled wrestling mats in the lobby and threw toi­let pa­per over the steel ceil­ing beams; then they at­tempted to steal the lion statue, which weighs around 1,000 pounds, po­lice said.

The teens placed the statue on a dolly and rolled it down the hall to­ward an exit, but when they at­tempted to pick the lion up, it fell over dam­ag­ing the statue, po­lice said.

Dam­age to the lion statue in­cluded a large chip on the nose, a chip on the side of the face, small scrapes on the side and a large crack on the tail, po­lice said. Dam­ages are es­ti­mated at $2,000. Also, the dolly had metal wheels which, un­der the weight of the statue, dug grooves into the floor, dam­ag­ing it, po­lice said.

Deese, Chanaud and Pin­der were all charged with bur­glary, theft, ma­li­cious de­struc­tion of prop­erty and tres­pass­ing.

The Queen Anne’s County High School lion statue was dam­aged May 26 when three stu­dents tried to re­move it from the build­ing, ac­cord­ing to the Queen Anne’s County Sher­iff’s Of­fice.

PHOTOS BY DALE PA­TRICK

ROBERT DAVID CHANAUD

GAR­RETT LO­GAN DEESE

WY­ATT PA­TRICK PIN­DER

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