Vandals break West Milwaukee school van windows

Posted at 10:17 PM, Jul 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-16 23:17:33-04

WEST MILWAUKEE -- Somebody broke the windows on half a dozen school vans this weekend. That vandalism in West Milwaukee comes at a bad time for students who rely on that transportation. 

We've learned an important summer program for students may now be in jeopardy because of this prank. While schools officials scramble to make other arrangements, police are looking at surveillance video to try to find who did this.

Neighbor near 45th and Greenfield are in shock after waking up to find shattered glass all over.

"Whoever did that needs to get caught," said Robert Krawczyk, neighbor.

"To see something targeted in this area is really strange because it’s closed. You have a one way street over here, a one way street over here," said Michael Becker, parishioner.

Police say the windows on four of the six school vans were busted out sometime between Friday evening and Saturday morning.

“Cops came over and asked if I heard anything and I said no and then I seen a two by four laying there which is not there no more," said Robert Krawczyk, neighbor.

It's a costly fix for a private school that's been in existence for just one year.

“I don’t know who would do this. I know that this is a great neighborhood. It’s a safe neighborhood," said Andrew Stith, Cristo Rey H.S. President.

It might be summer break, but the vans have been in use transporting students from field trips and summer jobs.

“And we are in our third of four weeks of doing this and so our students are working really hard and this is gonna complicate plans next week little bit," said Andrew Stith, Cristo Rey H.S. President.

St. Florian Church is next door. A priest is calling the vandalism senseless. Those leaving mass were sad about it.

“Father basically asked for prayers for the people with the malice in their heart that I guess don’t get the message," said Tim Townsend, neighbor.

Officials want Cristo Rey Jesuit students to still report to school Monday to continue with their summer program, saying they'll find a way to get them where they need to go.