CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. — A North Adams, Mass., man police believe is linked to school burglaries in Vermont, New York, and Massachusetts was arrested by members of the Cambridge-Greenwich Police Department on Saturday.
Vermont State Police are considering Kevin Tynan, 37, as the suspect in the burglaries of Pownal Elementary School, Molly Stark Elementary School, and Stamford Elementary School in Vermont, said VSP Public Information Officer Adam Silverman. The investigation is ongoing and VSP has not yet charged Tynan, Silverman said, but investigators are "moving forward with him as a suspect" and are preparing a case against him.
Tynan was arrested in the early morning hours Saturday as police say they caught him trying to break into a concession stand at the Cambridge Central School campus. He faces charges related to possession of a controlled substance, criminal mischief, possession of stolen property, and burglary.
Police recovered stolen property from Stamford Elementary in Tynan's car, said Sgt. Robert Danko of the Cambridge-Greenwich Police Department.
Danko says Tynan told police he would go into the schools and steal prescriptions from the nurse's office, "particularly Adderall," some of which he possessed when arrested.
Vermont State Police investigated four forced-entry burglaries into Bennington County elementary schools between Nov. 4 and Dec. 2. Pownal Elementary School was burglarized in the early morning hours of Nov. 4 and Nov. 18. Police said the suspect took prescription medications and a Keurig coffee maker during this incident.
VSP reported that Stamford Elementary School was burglarized sometime between the evening of Nov. 17 and the morning of Nov. 18, but at the time police did not disclose whether anything was taken.
The Bennington Police Department investigated an early-morning burglary at Molly Stark Elementary on Dec. 2, but it is unclear whether the suspect took anything. Security camera footage from this incident showed suspect, wearing khaki-colored pants and what appears to be a red hooded sweatshirt under a black winter coat, walking through the halls of the school holding a black bag and an unidentified object in his hands.
The Cambridge-Greenwich Police Department issued the following charges against Tynan: three counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal mischief, and possession of stolen property. He also faces a burglary charge from the New York State Police. Tynan is being held on bail at Washington County Jail.
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