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.

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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