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After fall from roof, three charged with high school break-in

July 23, 2013

CLAWSON — After allegedly spending an eventful evening drinking atop the city’s high school building, three men were charged July 16 with breaking and entering, according to a police report.

Police said that Nicholas Waldrep, 24, from Sterling Heights; Justin Kehoe, 23, from Washington Township; and Thomas Pankow, 22, from Clawson, were on top of the building’s roof “to drink beer and look at the skyline,” the report said.

From atop the roof, Waldrep reportedly fell into the school’s courtyard, which the police report described as about a 20-foot fall. The only way in or out of the courtyard is through the building.

Lt. Scott Sarvello, a detective from the Clawson Police Department, said the suspects at that point could have called the police, confessed to trespassing and requested help.

“They probably would have just been given a ticket for trespassing,” Sarvello said.

Instead, Kehoe and Pankow allegedly broke into the school to gain access to the courtyard and retrieve their friend. Pankow allegedly told police that because he attended the high school, he knew a way in through the roof, the report said.

When they entered, Pankow and Kehoe triggered a silent alarm, police said. Kehoe and Pankow retrieved their friend from the courtyard and then returned to the roof, Sarvello said.

The report said that after the three suspects entered the building, the alarm company called police to report that they could hear voices inside the building. When police arrived, they ordered the men to come down from the building. Officials said the three fled.

After a brief chase, one of the officers apprehended the men.

Waldrep, the report said, was bleeding “steadily” from the hand and upon arrival at the lockup at Troy police headquarters, he was taken to Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak to be examined for any possible injuries.

According to the report, the three men allegedly confessed to being inside the school but later refused to write a statement.

Sarvello said Waldrep was treated at the hospital for minor injuries and turned himself in to 52-4 District Court in Troy July 16.

At the arraignment, Waldrep was given a $1,000 personal bond, according to court records.

Kehoe was given a $5,000 bond and is being held in Oakland County Jail.

Pankow was given a $10,000 bond and also is being held in Oakland County Jail.

All three have requested court-appointed attorneys, but none had been assigned one as of July 18. They were scheduled to appear in district court again at 9 a.m. July 23 for a pretrial hearing, after press time.

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