Police arrested a Somerset Community College student this week after he allegedly broke into two campus buildings over the weekend, leaving significant damage in his wake.
Jared T. Parmley, 19, of Monticello, was arrested Monday evening after detectives with the Somerset Police Department connected him to a break-in and vandalism on the SCC south campus.
SPD Captain Shannon Smith said officers were called to SCC’s south campus Monday morning.
“When patrol units arrived they discovered that two separate buildings on south campus had been entered,” said Smith, who added that “an extensive” amount of damage had been done in the buildings.
Smith said the perpetrator, later identified as Parmley, damaged the building’s vending machines, broke a glass entry door, and set off fire extinguishers in the common areas and break rooms of the buildings. Smith said he discharged a fire extinguisher in a computer lab as well, damaging the equipment in there.
It wasn’t long before SPD’s Criminal Investigation Division was able to collect fingerprint and blood evidence from the scene.
“The blood evidence recovered we believed belonged solely to the people responsible for the break-in,” said Smith.
And Parmley allegedly left some evidence behind in one computer lab that allowed investigators to trace the crime directly to him. According to the arrest citation, filed Tuesday, Parmley allegedly “accessed a computer during the time the burglary had occurred and was after normal school hours.”
One such log-in time came in at 3:46 a.m. Saturday, according to the arrest citation.
Smith said residue from the fire suppression foam discharged from the extinguisher was left on one of the computer keyboards, which suggested someone had logged onto the computer during the burglary.
Student-accessible computer labs at SCC can be found all over campus. Students must use their college-provided ID while logging onto the campus computers.
And that’s exactly what Parmley did, according to Smith.
“He is registered as a student there and he was using his college-issued ID to log in,” said Smith.
Smith said Parmley logged in from the computer several times, suggesting he left the buildings and returned several times over the weekend.
Detective Chris Gates recognized Parmley’s name from another, unrelated investigation, and they contacted Parmley soon after that and called him down to the police department. Once there, he was arrested.
According to the citation, Parmley “admitted to unlawfully entering both building one and building two on the south campus.
“While inside (Parmley) ... caused damage to several computers, vending machines, and a glass entry door,” states the arrest warrant.
The damage is estimated to total more than $1,000.
SCC President Dr. Jo Marshall commented regarding the incident on Monday, saying she’s glad the damage wasn’t any worse than it was.
“I’m very sorry that this happened, and I’m sorry that someone felt it necessary to break into the building and destroy public property,” said Marshall. “I’m only glad that the students, faculty and staff were not there and were not in danger.”
The citation suggests another person may have been in the buildings with Parmley. Smith said they’re investigating that option at this point.
“We’re investigating both ... that Parmley was alone and that he was assisted by at least one other person,” said Smith.
Although many of SCC’s classes ended last week (May 5-9), technical classes are still continuing on the south campus until the end of May. Classes in the buildings were canceled on Monday while investigators worked to collect evidence.
“There was extensive damage, both monetary and (over) the geographical area that had to be processed by the detectives and later cleaned up,” said Smith, who noted the school worked well with detectives, allowing them plenty of time to gather evidence before cleaning up the scene.
Parmley was lodged in the Pulaski County Detention Center and charged with one count of third-degree burglary and one count of first-degree criminal mischief.
He’s expected to appear in court today.
Chris Harris contributed to this story