Beaver Dam teen charged with breaking into Beaver Dam High School and stealing a bat
JUNEAU – An 18-year-old Beaver Dam man made his initial appearance in court Tuesday facing felony charges after allegedly breaking into Beaver Dam High School over the weekend and stealing a baseball bat.
Cody L. Cassel is charged with a burglary of a building or dwelling and could face up to 12 ½ years in prison and a $25,000 fine if convicted of the charge.
Cassel appeared before Dodge County Circuit Court Judge Steven Bauer who released him on a $1,000 signature bond. He may not go on the premises of any property of the Beaver Dam Unified School District.
According to the criminal complaint, Beaver Dam Police was contacted on Monday by administration at Beaver Dam High School, 500 Gould St., after finding that someone had entered the school over the weekend and damaged three doors in the reception area of the school before entering the office. While in the office area, a modem was pulled from a computer and a Wisconsin Bucky Badger bobble head was destroyed. Also a Louisville Slugger souvenir bat was taken. The school has surveillance videos and Cassel was identified as a possible suspect.
Officers talked to Cassel at his home, and he allegedly admitted to being in the school on Saturday night. According to the criminal complaint, Cassel said that he wanted to go in and look at the school and entered through an unlocked wooden door. He said he was with another boy, but the other boy did not enter the office area with him, and he took the bat because he always wanted one.
According to online records, Cassel, who was originally taken to Dodge County Jail, will be going to live with a relative in Michigan. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Sept. 27.