Teens charged in bungled ‘prank’
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 said.
Deese, Chanaud and Pinder were all charged with burglary, theft, malicious destruction of property and trespassing. it, police
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.