MILFORD — A Milford man faces multiple charges after police say he and three juveniles broke into a nursing home, damaged property and stole several items to include hypodermic needles.
Cory Michale Cole, 20, 211 S. West St., Milford, is charged with burglary, a level 5 felony, theft, a class A misdemeanor and criminal mischief, a class B misdemeanor.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, Milford police responded on May 14 to a report of a fire alarm being tripped at Lakeland Rehabilitation Center in Milford. According to the report, a quick check of the outside of the building revealed a window that had been forced open. Kosciusko County Sheriff Kyle Dukes arrived at the scene and assisted police in searching the building.
Officers reported finding two fire extinguishers which has been activated and sprayed on the floor and found a medicine cabinet with doors forced open and contents missing. Police say a tip was received that four individuals were seen fleeing the scene on the day of the burglary and the tipster identified one of the three juveniles, who in turn told police that Cole had been involved. The juvenile told police that he and Cole had used the fire extinguishers and that Cole had taken the syringes from the medicine cabinet, along with an unknown quantity of television remote controls.
Police spoke with the remaining juveniles, who confirmed the story given by the first youth. Cole was booked on July 7 in the Kosciusko County Jail on $10,250 surety and cash bond.