An upstate New York man walked into a school during the Christmas holidays and spent several days inside, cooking and playing basketball in the gym, police said.
On Christmas Day, while driving on a state highway, a 35-year-old man became trapped in the snow near Brownville, a small town near the Canadian border, according to a news release from the Jefferson County Police. The area had been hit with several feet of snow.
According to police, it appears that the man spent the next two days at General Brown High School, located nearby. He ate at a concession stand, cooked in a home economics classroom and played hoops in the gym.
At one point, he left the school to return to his vehicle, an SUV, which was snow-bound, but found it missing, according to WWNY. When he called county officials, they told him the car had been towed and for him to contact the towing company.
Instead, the man went back to school and stayed an extra day, according to the outlet.
The man, a Watertown resident, then fled with the school’s snowplow truck, according to police.
Later, on December 27, he was located about five miles away, inside a Watertown store, attempting to steal thousands of dollars worth of firearms and “hunting, trapping, camping, and fishing,” according to police. The stolen snowplow truck was seen parked outside.
He had been loading all of the looted equipment onto a sled near an exit, police said.
The incident led to the man being charged with two counts of robbery, one count of grand theft, attempted grand theft, three counts of criminal damage and possession of burglary tools, police said.
He was arraigned in county court on December 27 and is scheduled to appear again in Watertown Court on December 29, police said.
Jefferson County police did not immediately respond to a McClatchy News request for comment.
Source: El Nuevo Herald