Tips lead to arrest of suspected school burglar

Mug shot of Joseph Luis Stoll courtesy the
Photo provided from video surveillance at Tippecanoe Valley Middle School.
Photo provided from video surveillance at Tippecanoe Valley Middle School.

KOSCIUSKO COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) – Police have arrested a man they believe broke into a Kosciusko County school and tried to steal money, prescription medication and musical instruments.

According to a release from the Brett Boggs, the superintendent of Tippecanoe Valley Middle School, someone broke into the school early Monday morning and tried to steal money, prescription medication and musical instruments. Damage to the school was concentrated in a few areas, with the primary damage occurring in the office.

The school’s head custodian discovered the break in and contacted school officials and law enforcement.

After releasing surveillance stills to media outlets on Monday, Kosciusko County Deputies, along with members of the South Bend Metro Special Operations Section, arrested 30-year-old Joseph Luis Stoll II, of South Bend, around noon on Tuesday. They found items related to the burglary in Stoll’s car, which was parked at the Motel 6 along U.S. 933 in South Bend.

Stoll faces charges of felony theft and felony burglary with intent. He is being held on a $10,000 bond in the Kosciusko County Jail. The Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department credited the numerous tips they received for Stoll’s arrest.

The school building was thoroughly inspected Monday morning before school started and kids were allowed back in.

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