Man Breaks Into Police Station— Accidentally
John Dettor thought he was breaking into a school, cops say
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 22, 2014 2:03 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Police say a man who thought he was breaking into a Vermont school actually got into the local police station. Police say the man, identified as 59-year-old John Dettor, used a traffic cone to break the glass to get into the police station in Shelburne just before midnight on Thursday, thinking it was a school. He quickly realized his mistake, reports the Green Mountain Outlook, which notes that the police station is housed in the old "Village School."

Shelburne police say a single officer was in the building at the time, along with an emergency dispatcher. After hearing glass break, a patrol officer searching the perimeter found Dettor hiding in a bush. WFFF-TV reports that Dettor told police he wanted a warm place to stay. He was arrested on suspicion of unlawful mischief and pleaded not guilty in district court in Burlington the next morning, reports the Free Press.