"Even though school wasn't in session, we really received dozens upon dozens of phone calls about this," he said.
Commenting on how quickly word got around that LaClair and Hope were those who committed the vandalism, VanAlstyne simply said, "It's a school. We were counting on that, to be honest."
The lieutenant also said that police had some trouble tracking Hope down, as he had been staying at various friends' houses in the past few weeks.
"When we arrested him, he insisted on listing his address as 'homeless,'" he said.
VanAlstyne also said that the police department's investigation indicates there were no other individuals involved, and that the crimes that Hope and LaClair allegedly committed were punishable by more than a year in jail.
"We will not tolerate this type of behavior," said South Colonie Board of Education President Tim Ryan at Thursday's press conference, promising taxpayers of Colonie that justice will be served.
Ryan also said that if, in fact, this was a senior prank, as many media outlets reported last week, it was not a funny one.
Marcelle said the district would now be looking into more surveillance of properties of the district and that this situation has "raised our level of awareness" about having increased security on the properties.
Hope and LaClair are lodged at the Albany County Jail without bail.""