Man accused of break-in, fire at WCHS
Published 6:33 pm Monday, February 19, 2018
A Vicksburg man faces charges of burglary and first-degree arson after his arrest Monday by Warren County sheriff’s deputies, Sheriff Martin Pace said.
Bershard Devaun Brooks, 19, No. 45 Randle St., is accused of entering the A building of Warren Central High School, 1000 Mississippi 27, sometime early Monday and setting fire to books and papers sitting on a desk in an office.
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Pace said there was no class at the school Monday, and the smoldering fire was discovered about 9 a.m. by school maintenance workers who extinguished it and called the sheriff’s office.
Brooks was arrested about 1 p.m. at his home Monday. He was being held without bail in the Warren County Jail pending an initial appearance in court, Pace said.
He said Brooks was a former employee of SSC Services for Education, a Ridgeland-based janitorial service that has a contract with the Vicksburg Warren School District. Brooks knew the code to the alarm system and cut it off after entering the building.
Pace said a motive for the break-in has not been determined and nothing had been reported missing, adding the case remains under investigation by the sheriff’s office and the school district’s campus police.