Two Men Arrested For Polk County School Fire
DES MOINES, Iowa - Authorities arrested two men who they said broke into a school in Alleman.
Polk County sheriff’s deputies said a motion alarm was activated at about 12:50 a.m. Saturday at Central Elementary on northeast 141st Avenue. The sheriff’s office said responding deputies saw two men inside the school.
Deputies said one of the men, Christopher Kessler, 21, was arrested while they were getting out of the school, but the other man ran back into the school.
Investigators said deputies called Ankeny and Polk County firefighters after they smelled smoke in an area under construction in the school.
Deputies said the superintendent arrived at the school at about 3:50 a.m. and found the other man, Horace Cross, 23, asleep in one of the classrooms. Deputies were called and they arrested Cross.
At least five buses, several classrooms, an area under construction and several pieces of school property were damaged in the fire, deputies said.
Deputies said Kessler and Cross were charged with seven counts of third-degree burglary and one count of second-degree arson.
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