Man arrested for breaking into School Board property

Man arrested for breaking into School Board property

POSTED: Thursday, April 19, 2012 - 2:30pm

UPDATED: Thursday, April 19, 2012 - 2:34pm

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested a 31-year-old man on Wednesday, April 18 for repeatedly cutting through a fence to enter School Board property in Amite.

When deputies arrived, they observed a breech in the chain linked fence and a black tool bag lying in the grass. Multiple units arrived including Deputy Mike Dean Jr. and K9 Recon. The suspect, later identified as Dwight J. Jackson, was believed to be hiding on the grounds. While establishing a secure perimeter, Deputy Dean and Recon began a track of the suspect.

During the track, deputies observed a black male wearing a jacket running northwest on the property. Deputies then engaged in pursuit of the subject.

While traveling north on Bennett Road, deputies then made contact and identified the subject as being Jackson. Jackson was covered in mud and plant materials from his waist to his shoes. He was excessively sweating and uneasy. When deputies asked Jackson what he was doing, he simple stated, “running from y’all!”

Jackson also claimed the black tool bas as being his. Jackson also stated that his intentions were to steal some copper wiring. He said that he parked his vehicle at a near by motel and waked with another subject across the highway to the School Board Building.

Deputies believe that his accomplice may have escaped the scene.

Jackson was charged with Unauthorized entry of a place of business, Illegal carrying of weapons, the ownership, possession, custody or use of any tools, or dynamite, or nitroglycerine, or explosives, or other instrumentality customarily used by thieves or burglars at any time by any person with the intent to commit a crime.

This case is still an on going investigation. Additional arrests may to be forthcoming.

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