Man arrested in break-in at Kenai Central High School

The man, 36-year-old Christopher D. Stroh, allegedly stole miscellaneous items from the school on Sunday.

The badge for the Kenai Police Department

The badge for the Kenai Police Department

The Kenai Police Department arrested a Soldotna man for burglary and theft at Kenai Central High School on Monday, according to a police dispatch.

The man, 36-year-old Christopher D. Stroh, allegedly stole miscellaneous items from the school on Sunday, including articles of clothing. Kenai Police Lieutenant Ben Langham said there has been no evidence of larger electronic equipment theft as of Tuesday.

School officials called the department on Monday after they realized there were some missing items, Langham said. The department reviewed security camera footage from Sunday and deduced that Stroh, who had been wearing a mask, made unlawful entry into the school and remained there for several hours, police reported. Langham said he is still unsure how Stroh may have entered the building.

On Monday, Stroh allegedly returned to the property. School officials called the police again and when officers arrived, Langham said, Stroh fled into the woods nearby.

He was eventually detained and taken into custody by the Kenai Police Department and the Alaska State Troopers.

Stroh was arrested for second-degree burglary — unlawful entrance with the intent to commit a crime — and fourth-degree theft. He was then transported to Wildwood Pretrial Facility. As of Tuesday at 12:45 p.m. he remained in custody.

Reach reporter Camille Botello at camille.botello@peninsulaclarion.com.

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