SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A 21-year-old man faces charges of felony burglary and misdemeanor theft after police say he broke into Kickapoo High School early Tuesday. Police arrested Thomas Melton around 2 a.m. and the school district security staff spent the day trying to figure out how he got inside the school.
"We're trying to determine what the method was and how they were able to get into the building,” said Tom Tucker, director of police services for the Springfield School District. "It appears the doors were secure . . . but he was still able to get in, and so we're following up on that right now.”
Tucker says alarms notify dispatchers any time an intruder gets inside a school building. A series of cameras and motion sensors track their every move.
"We are monitoring everything, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week,” said Tucker.
Tucker says those cameras caught Melton inside Kickapoo.