A man accused of breaking into Glover Middle School on Wednesday morning has a history of vandalizing local school buildings after hours, court records say.
Police were notified about 4 a.m. of the break-in when the school’s alarm started blaring, said Officer John O’Brien. Kyle C. Freese, 49, was arrested at the scene. KHQ News reported a burglar continued rummaging through classrooms despite the alarm.
Brian Coddington, Spokane Public Schools spokesman, said a burglar slipped in through a window near the gym at 2404 W. Longfellow Ave. After the alarm was triggered, he said the man “spent most of the time trying to disable the alarm or find a place to hide.”
“Nothing was damaged other than the window,” Coddington said. “It doesn’t appear anything was taken.”
Coddington said the incident did not disrupt the school schedule. Classes began on time.
Earlier this year, Freese was accused of similar behavior when police said he broke into two area schools.
On Jan. 28, court records say Freese entered Gonzaga University’s Tilford Center at 111 E. Desmet Ave., where he damaged a second-floor men’s bathroom, including breaking a few ceiling tiles. Damage was estimated at $1,325.
On Feb. 1, Freese is alleged to have broken into Spokane Community College’s Building 28, where records say he proceeded to again damage a bathroom.
In that case, records say he took apart a sink faucet – an operation that would ultimately cost the school $450 to repair.
Questioned by police, Freese reportedly told them there was “gold” inside the sink that was “calling to him,” officers wrote in court records.
Freese faces charges of second-degree burglary and third-degree malicious mischief in the most recent break-in, O’Brien said.
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