By Karen Blackledge
The Danville News
DANVILLE — An alert church member discovered a Danville man carrying a security control panel box out of a rear office of the First Baptist Church of Danville.
Deneene R. Klinger approached Scott Nicholas Buckley, 29, of 207 Grand St., and stopped him, according to state police at Milton.
The gym area of the church was open for youth basketball while other areas of the church were closed to the public at about 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1.
Klinger saw Buckley in a closed-off dark area with a mobile partition.
Police said the control panel box was valued at $300. Buckley allegedly had earlier removed a security monitor valued at $200 and a security camera worth $200.
According to police, Klinger asked him what he was doing taking the box from the office and he told her he “needed to take the box.”
Church Pastor Harry Wonderland said Klinger was assisted by two men attending the basketball games in detaining Buckley. Buckley had also been attending the Upward Basketball games.
“They didn’t have to wrestle him. They sat down with him. They called me at home and I came over and sat with him,” Wonderland said.
Off-duty state Tpr. James Nizinski, a member of the church, helped.
Buckley “was very compliant and very repentant,” Wonderland said.
According to the charges, Wonderland told police Buckley had a security camera and security monitor already in his vehicle which was parked outside the church. Klinger and Wonderland asked Buckley to go get the items.
Buckley told police he tore the security camera and monitor from the wiring and took them to his truck. He said he was familiar with security systems and he knew he needed to obtain the hard drive in the security control panel. He said he went back to the church and pulled the control panel from the wall, causing damage to the wiring. This was when Klinger stopped him.
Police also found a jacket belonging to an unknown person and the backpack of a juvenile attending the basketball game in Buckley’s truck. The items were returned to where they had been in the church, at 20 Brookside Drive in Valley Township.
Montour County District Judge Marvin Shrawder arraigned Buckley Feb. 2 and released him on non-monetary bail.
Tpr. Andrew Peters charged Buckley with burglary, criminal trespass, theft and criminal mischief.