POLAND — A local couple Thursday offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of people involved in slashing the tires on 22 RSU 16 school buses early Wednesday, authorities said.

Classes were canceled Wednesday to give crews time to replace the damaged tires. Classes resumed Thursday.

Damage was estimated at more than $12,000.

The Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Office reported that tires had been punctured on the school buses and a school pickup truck. Surveillance video showed two white males, who used shirts to conceal their faces, on school property.

About the same time, a residence near the school on Rosewood Drive was also vandalized. Authorities were investigating a possible link.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Deputy Jon Guay at 753-2599.

Bus mechanics Rob Sawyer, left, and his son Tyler Sawyer change the front tires Wednesday on school bus No. 13 at the Regional School Unit 16 bus garage in Poland. A local couple have offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the vandals. (Sun Journal file photo)

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