A woman was arrested after breaking into Wakefield Elementary School and trying to run off with a supply of paints, the Turlock Police Department reported.
The suspect, later identified as Angel Botley, 34, of Ceres, was witnessed gaining entry into the school at 400 South Avenue through a window, said police spokesman Sgt. Michael Parmley.
Officers arrived at the scene within minutes of the call, which came in at 6:48 p.m. Thursday. The officers surrounded the building and ordered Botley to come out.
“She saw officers and ran from the room,” Parmley said. “Officers chased after her and ordered her to stop, but she continued to run. She ran to the west lot where officers convinced her to surrender.”
At the time of her arrest, Botley’s clothes and shoes had splatters of paint.
Botley had gathered up lots of school supplies, including paints. Officers also found she had damaged a room in the school. The damage was estimated to be around $2,000.
Botley was arrested and booked for resisting, burglary and vandalism charges.