Man to appear for Ellsworth school damage, theft
WORTHINGTON -- A Sept. 19 contested omnibus hearing has been set for an Ellsworth man accused of damaging and stealing from Ellsworth Public School property earlier this month.
WORTHINGTON - A Sept. 19 contested omnibus hearing has been set for an Ellsworth man accused of damaging and stealing from Ellsworth Public School property earlier this month.
Joseph Jones, 29, was arrested Aug. 16 and charged with second-degree burglary and theft, both felonies; and fourth-degree damage to property, a misdemeanor.
According to the criminal complaint, surveillance footage from Aug. 8 shows a male breaking and entering the office of Ellsworth Public School. The footage shows the individual rounding up several items and placing them in a centralized location in the office before gathering the items and leaving.
A school administrator believed to recognize the individual as someone who had recently volunteered at the school.
Law enforcement contact with Jones indicated he was the individual in the surveillance video and he was arrested.
The complaint continues that Jones informed the officer he was receiving mental health services.
A family member of Jones returned the stolen items to the school the following day.
An itemized list of property and their value stolen is listed in the complaint. The school estimated the property stolen to be valued at $1,950 plus damages.