Police:?Man charged with felonies
From staff reports
LEWISTOWN – A 19-year-old was arrested and charged with two felonies Thursday after the Mifflin County Junior High and High schools were burglarized and a firearm was stolen from a vehicle on West Cedar Lane and Logan Boulevard, Mifflin County Regional Police report.
Police said Calin Pierce, of Lewistown, was charged with felony criminal trespass and felony theft of a firearm after police determined he broke windows at Mifflin County High and Junior High schools and later stole a firearm from a parked car on a neighboring street.
According to the report, on the morning of April 24, officers were dispatched to the junior high school for a reported burglary and glass shattered in the school hallways. Officers walked the exterior of the building and saw numerous broken windows, the report states.
Police said on April 24 they also received a call from the principal at the high school reporting someone smashed a classroom window on the front of the building overnight.
Surveillance images from the school showed a visibly intoxicated white male carrying a metal rod, which he used to smash the windows, walking along the building from the junior high school at around 10:30 the previous night, police said.
As police were on scene at the schools, they received two reports of items stolen overnight from vehicles on West Cedar Lane and Logan Boulevard. Police said a firearm and keys were taken from one vehicle, and the firearm was later recovered at the rear of Fastenal, across the street from where it was taken, along with a blue BMX bike stolen from another property.
Police said in the second incident, the driver’s window of a Mazda truck was broken with a sewer cap.
Two additional reports were later filed-one on Eight Street and one on Parcheytown Road-in which vehicle windows were smashed and items were removed from parked cars.
Police said a representative of the Embassy Fair was shown pictures of the suspect. The representative believed it was the same intoxicated person who was removed from the carnival when he threw his phone at the representative and said “Calin Pierce” after the man asked him his name.
On April 25, Mifflin County Probation also identified the man in the surveillance video as Pierce.
Police said they interviewed Pierce on April 29, and Pierce agreed it was him in the video but said he didn’t remember being at the school, but he remembers being chased out of the fair by fire police.
The report states Pierce contacted police on April 30 because he wanted to get his cell phone back. According to the report, Pierce stated he was at Kish Park on April 23 and he drank vodka and took Xanax pills.
Police said Pierce stated he blacked out but he remembers being on Parcheytown Road and breaking a car window, and he stated again he believed the person in the school’s video was him.
According to the report, damage for the combined incidents totals around $5,000.
Police said Pierce was arraigned at Magisterial District Judge Aaron Gingrich’s office with bail being set at $10,000. Police said Pierce was placed in the Mifflin County Correctional Facility on a probation detainer.