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Manchester teen arrested for cutting fuel lines on school buses

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MANCHESTER (KWWL) -- Manchester Police arrested a teenager Wednesday who they say cut the fuel lines on five school buses in the West Delaware School District over the weekend.

Police Chief Bruce Trapp says officers arrested Brandon Lynch, 15, and charged him with conspiracy to commit felony, burglary and criminal mischief.

Complaints filed with the Juvenile Court Officer allege Lynch conspired with others to enter the enclosed West Delaware School Bus storage facility Sunday night.  The complaint also claims Lynch severed or cut the fuel lines to 4 West Delaware School buses.  Damage is estimated at more than $1,000.

West Delaware School Superintendent Robert Cue says staff members noticed a substantial pool of fuel under one of the buses Monday morning, which are parked inside a fence.  Cue says vandals would have had to climb the fence, then crawl under the buses to cut the fuel lines.

The district says workers have inspected all 21 of the school's buses to make sure they are in proper running condition. The district has 1,500 students and includes Manchester, Dundee, Ryan, Greeley and Masonville.

Police say the vandalism did not delay or affect the start of school on Monday. Lynch is a West Delaware Student.

Manchester Police are continuing the investigation and say there could be more suspects and charges.

Online Producer:  JJ Murray

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