Arlington student charged with breaking and entering high school


An Arlington High School student was arrested for allegedly breaking into Arlington High School and causing up to $5,000 in damage during an attempted senior prank.

Noah Bechtel, 18, is charged with burglary, a Class 2A felony, and criminal mischief, a Class 4 felony.

His first arraignment is scheduled for July 17 in Washington County Court.

According to an arrest affidavit, on May 20 at approximately 2 a.m., a person believed to be Bechtel was seen on surveillance camera at Arlington High School attempting a senior prank.

Bechtel was seen wearing a brown sweatshirt on surveillance, which is how he was identified.

According to signed written statements from witnesses, Bechtel was responsible for "the damage to the carpet in a high school classroom involving glitter glue, with damage (totalling) more than $5,000 for (carpet) replacement."

"...Bechtel can be seen removing a teacher's podium/cart from her classroom and breaking the shelf off in the process, before crashing it into chairs in the gymnasium. The cart's approximate replacement cost is $173."