5 teens ransacked new high school, caused $100K+ damage, police say

CONCORD, N.C. — Police caught five teenagers accused of vandalizing the new West Cabarrus High School, causing thousands of dollars in damage.

Concord police arrested 18-year-old Joseph Fusco. The other four involved are juveniles, so police aren’t releasing their names. All five are students at Hickory Ridge High School.

Police reported windows were busted, plumbing was damaged, holes were knocked in the walls and red paint was splattered everywhere.

Construction equipment inside the school, which is on Weddington Road, was also damaged.

Authorities said the cost to repair everything will be more than $100,000. They have been called to the school to check out damage twice this month, on Feb. 17 and Feb. 22.

Fusco was charged with two counts of misdemeanor injury to real property and three counts of misdemeanor breaking and entering. He was given a $15,000 bond and was turned over to the Cabarrus County Jail.

Police are working with juvenile authorities to obtain similar charges on the four 17-year-olds.

West Cabarrus High School is set to be the newest high school in Cabarrus County and is scheduled to open in August.

This is an ongoing investigation. Check back with wsoctv.com for more information.