Bergman Man Accused of Breaking into School

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by Shannon Cay


BERGMAN, Ark. – A man accused of breaking into the Bergman School over the New Year’s holiday is apprehended this week.

Boone County Sheriff Mike Moore says 56-year-old James Christen from Bergman is facing two counts of breaking and entering and two counts of criminal mischief in the first degree.

According to a release from the sheriff’s department, Bergman School Officials entered the school that Monday to find that it had been broken into over the weekend.

Deputies say they found some kind of evidence at the school leading them to arrest Christen.

Moore says Christen was apprehended without incident at his home in Bergman. Christen later admitted to investigators he broke into the school thinking he could steal tools and electronics, according to the report.

In addition to these new charges, Christen faces a parole violation as he was convicted of felony residential burglary and a misdemeanor theft in 2015. He has a history of theft convictions dating back to at least 1999.