New Mexico burglar exposed himself, used school water hose to bathe, police say

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A New Mexico man is facing burglary and indecent exposure charges after allegedly trying to break into an Alamogordo middle school and using the water hose to wash.

Cameron Turkington, 31, was arrested at about 9:55 a.m. on April 11 at Chaparral Middle School in Alamogordo. 

The Alamogordo Police Department were responding to a report of a man washing himself off with a water hose on campus, according to court documents.

When an officer arrived, he learned that Turkington allegedly damaged two locked metal doors while trying to break into the school and exposed his penis to an employee, the statement of probable cause said.

The officer also saw “a large amount of property in front of a set of large metal double doors that were stolen from a residence nearby Chaparral Middle School,” the document said. “the resident of that address was able to identify several items as his property.”

An officer who responded to the residence said the door was kicked in and a switchblade, buck hunting knife and Exacto knife set were taken. All three were found in Turkington’s possession, the document said.

Turkington told officers he was trying to break into the school because he needed to use the restroom and charge his phone, the document said.

The damage to the doors at the school was estimated at $1,900. Police also learned that three other sheds at homes near the school were damaged, the document said.

During the booking process, Turkington asked and was given permission to use the restroom and when he was done, “took an aggressive stance and physically resisted arrested officer while being escorted back to the booking room,” the document said.

Turkington was officially charged with aggravated burglary, criminal damage to property, breaking and entering, unlawful possession of switchblades, criminal trespass, resisting an officer, attempt to commit a felony and indecent exposure. 

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