Police accuse Mitchell man of breaking in to old Whittier school, passing out on gym floorPolice found a 21-year-old man, allegedly passed out in the gym on the main floor of the building.
By: Staff reports, The Daily Republic
A 21-year-old Mitchell man is charged with first-degree burglary after allegedly breaking into the old Whittier School building.
Joseph Robert Churich was arrested at approximately 8:40 a.m. Sept. 1 after Mitchell police were alerted of a break-in at the building, located just west of downtown.
According to court documents, police saw a man, later identified as Churich, entering the building through a broken window. Police eventually found Churich inside, allegedly passed out in the gym on the main floor of the building.
Court documents say police found a blood trail near the broken window and that Churich had a small cut on his left pinky finger.
Churich faces a maximum of 25 years in prison and a $50,000 fine if convicted of first-degree burglary.
Churich is also charged with possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia after a glass pipe with marijuana residue was allegedly found in his pocket.
He is scheduled to appear in court later this month.