By Will E Sanders
TROY – A 21-year-old Piqua man who broke into Piqua Catholic School in January was in court Monday to answer to a felony charge.
James M. Parsons Jr. entered a plea of not guilty at his arraignment in Miami County Common Pleas Court to one charge of breaking and entering, a fifth-degree felony.
A pretrial conference was scheduled to take place July 21.
He remains jailed on a $2,500 bond.
Police records state Parsons and another man broke a glass door to an office and gained entry into the school Jan. 9. On the morning following the crime, school staff called police after it was learned the facility was illegally entered.
According to police reports, the school was checked and once it was determined it was safe the school was opened.
Inside the school, officers discovered tools from a boiler room that were used to pry open several sets of cabinets throughout the school, including in the kitchen area.
Some of the items listed as stolen included a computer, a camera and other electronic pieces of equipment and about $100 in Bingo concessions.
A co-defendant, Jahrod J. Cocherl, 18, of Piqua, has also been charged with felony breaking and entering stemming from the incident. He allegedly assisted Parsons in the crime.
Will E Sanders may be reached at 773-2721 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall.