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YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — Nineteen incidents of vandalism in a one-year span led to an after hours, off-limits order at Yokosuka schools, several more than initially reported, officials said Monday.

After further review of security documents, the base found incidents of vandalism totalling $5,000 in damage between July 2009 and July 2010, base public affairs official Michelle Stewart said Monday. Most of the incidents involved graffiti sprayed on buildings and vehicles, Stewart said.

On Friday, officials reported five incidents at Yokosuka schools.

The incidents led recently appointed base commander Capt. David Owen to issue an order banning unauthorized personnel from school grounds from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Violations of the order can be subject to administrative action and the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

From staff reports

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