Investigation into school burglary leads to arrest

A police investigation that began in June after a storage building at Coleman Elementary School was broken into resulted in the arrest of a man who allegedly admitted taking a television from the building.

Marquail White, 18, was identified from security video after the break-in was reported June 12, Deputy Prosecutor Karres Manning said in a probable-cause affidavit presented in court Monday.

Detective Mike Sweeney said in a probable-cause affidavit that more than $8,000 in merchandise was missing from the storage building, and security video showed a man later identified as White enter the building from above, unlock the door, and remove a 46-inch flat-screen television.

White was arrested July 3 and after waiving his right to an attorney, allegedly admitted entering the storage room area and also allowing other people to take items.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $10,000 bond for White after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with commercial burglary and theft of property.

Bridgforth appointed the Public Defender’s Office to represent White, and told him to come back to court Aug. 15.