SOMERS, N.Y. - Two graduating seniors from Somers High School have been arrested for allegedly vandalizing a fleet of school buses this past January, according to Public Information Officer Melissa McMorris of the New York State Police.
Jonas Moseby, 18, has been charged with second degree criminal mischief, a felony. The other 18-year-old, whose name was not released, was charged with fourth degree criminal mischief, a misdemeanor.
Police withheld the other teen's name because he was charged with a misdemeanor and is eligible for youthful offender status. McMorris said this is a state police policy.
The two students allegedly caused over $29,000 worth of damage to about 43 school buses, according to police. They are accused of slashing bus tires, shattering bus windows and discharging fire extinguishers.
Schools Superintendent Dr. Raymond Blanch confirmed the arrests Wednesday in an email to parents.
“This incident caused a great disruption for both parents and students, and we are grateful for your patience and cooperation during that time,” Blanch wrote. “We are pleased to hear that the New York State Police have made arrests in this case, but disappointed to learn that Somers students were charged in this incident.”
Moseby was arraigned at North Salem Justice Court and released after posting $10,000 cash bail. He is scheduled to appear in Somers Justice Court at 5:30 p.m. Monday, June 27.
The other teen was issued an appearance ticket and will appear in the Somers Justice Court at a later date and time.
New York State Police was assisted in its investigation by the Somers Police Department and the Westchester County Police School Resource Officer assigned to the Somers Central School District.