Capitol Police responding to a report of a burglary in progress arrived on scene in time to witness a man exit a building turn and run inside the front door of the Child Development Center building.
After momentarily holding up back inside the building, the suspect later surrendered to police, but adamantly denied he was doing anything illegal, saying he was merely at the building for an interview.
The only problem, said Interim Capitol Police Chief Andrew Staubitz, is that the building is vacant.
“He fabricated a story that he was there for an interview with a guy named ‘Dave,’” said responding officer Sgt. Robert Gerome. “And he stuck to that story.”
Capitol Police arrived on the scene around 4:30 p.m. and set up a perimeter after a witness reported seeing the suspect shaking the front door of the building located at 1937 W. Jefferson. The witness reported watching the suspect walk around the east side of the building. The witness and attempt to open several windows before finding one that was unlocked and slipping inside.
Capitol Police took the suspect in custody on burglary charges and a Department of Corrections warrant. There was no indication that the suspect had been drinking or was under the influence of any narcotics at the time of the arrest, said Gerome.
“Dave” was not located at the scene.