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Evan Willey, shown here in criminal court in White River Junction on Monday, was charged with burglary and trespassing after police said they discovered him going through the refrigerator in a cooking classroom at Springfield High School this weekend.
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — A homeless man pleaded innocent to burglary and trespassing charges Monday in White River Junction criminal.
Police say they surprised Evan Willey, 18, in the act of raiding a refrigerator inside a cooking classroom at Springfield High School early Sunday morning.
Willey was described as “couch surfing” by his public defender.
He was ordered to observe a curfew every night from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. the next morning and to call the Springfield Police Department each night just before nine o’clock to tell them where he will be hunkering down for the evening.
In an affidavit filed with the court, Springfield Police Officer Daniel Deslauriers said officers were quite familiar with Willey since he was issued a “no trespass” letter in April forbidding him from entering any of the town’s schools and because he had been the focus of five separate “vagrancy type complaints” already this month.
Officers began a “sweep” of the interior of SHS at 5:30 a.m.
Sunday after it was discovered that one of the doors on the north side of the school had been propped open with a bag of clothing.
Deslaurier said police quickly noticed that the lights were on in a culinary classroom and someone had written “This week: Cooking with cannabis” on the blackboard.
Police said they found Willey in an adjoining room next to an open refrigerator.
After he was handcuffed, Deslauriers said Willey admitted to eating a bagel and some yogurt that he’d found inside the fridge before allegedly stating, “that he was aware of the trespass letter but didn’t know what else to do as he was homeless.”
While he was being searched at the Springfield Jail correctional officers also reported finding a gram of marijuana in his pant’s pocket, which resulted in a misdemeanor possession charge that Willey also pleaded innocent to during his court appearance Monday afternoon.MORE IN Vermont News
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