Police arrest two men suspected of Camas burglaries

By Paul Suarez, Columbian web producer

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Camas police arrested two men late Tuesday who allegedly broke into Liberty Middle School.

A school custodian reported the burglary around 9 p.m. Tuesday after he saw two men break a window and enter the building, a Camas police release said. When the men noticed the janitor, they fled.

Kevin Wise, 19, and Brian Allen, 19, were contacted by an officer within two blocks of the school, said Camas Police Department Capt. Shyla Nelson. After talking with the two, the officer took them into custody, she said.

Nelson said police found evidence that the two had broken into the Camas Swimming Pool building and stole items, Nelson said. Officers also found evidence that Wise and a 16-year-old burglarized Hayes Freedom High School on the evening of Nov. 2, the release said.

The 16-year-old was taken into custody Tuesday and booked into Clark County Juvenile custody on suspicion of one count of second-degree burglary and one count of second-degree theft.

Wise and Allen were booked into the Clark County Jail.

Wise, a transient, was booked on suspicion of three counts of second-degree burglary and one count of first-degree theft.

Allen, of Camas, was booked on suspicion of two counts of second-degree burglary and one count of possession of stolen property.

Another search warrant was being served Wednesday in attempt to locate more stolen property, Nelson said.

A 42-inch flat-screen TV, Nintendo Wii and Xbox are still missing from the school, she said.

Custodial and operations staff have been on high alert since the break-in last week, said Doreen McKercher, spokeswoman for the Camas School District.

“It is a relief to the district that the suspects were apprehended, as the combined damages of the two events were significant,” she said. “We commend the quick actions of both our custodian and the Camas Police Department.”