The Hilltop House Hotel, closed since March 2013, was broken into and vandalized to the tune of more than $75,000 in damages to the property recently.
Los Alamos police believe the damage was done by groups of teens repeatedly breaking into the building, starting possibly as early as this past spring.
Police were alerted to the situation when realtors from Zia Realty filed a complaint with the Los Alamos Police Department last month.
Wildlife and video cameras were set up in various parts of the building and police were able to identify and arrest 14 suspects damaging and vandalizing the inside of the building. The suspects’ ages are between 12 and 14.
According to police, the teenagers even destroyed a rooftop lighting assembly worth $10,000.
During interviews with the suspects, many of the kids confessed to doing even more damage to the property, which included throwing televisions down staircases, destroying microwave ovens, breaking chairs, shattering mirrors and spray painting graffiti on the interior walls. Other kids admitted to smashing glass doors and scattering key cards all over the floor of the lobby, as well as expelling the contents of the building’s fire extinguishers in the rooms and halls of the building.