Deputies arrested a man hiding inside a library Thursday and charged him with breaking into an empty school.
According to the Licking County Sheriff's Office, residents of Homer reported seeing a suspicious man trespassing on the property of the Homer School in the Northridge School District. The school has been vacant for several years.
Deputies did not initially see the suspect, but residents pointed them in the direction where they saw him run. Deputies then received a call telling them that the suspect was inside the Homer Public Library.
Deputies found Buster Mullins, 32, of Columbus, inside the library. Mullins, according to deputies fit the description of the man at the school.
Mullins was taken into custody on an existing warrant for contempt of court.
Subsequent investigation showed evidence of copper theft inside the school building, officials said.
Deputies say that Mullins admitted to being inside the school.
Mullins was charged with breaking and entering and will be arraigned on Monday in Licking County Municipal Court.
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