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Cops: Man breaks into Vermont police station

SHELBURNE, Vt. - Police say a man who thought he was breaking into a Vermont school actually got into the local police station, CBS affiliate WCAX reports.

The suspect, identified as 59-year-old John Dettor of Washington, D.C., told police he wanted a warm place to stay.

Police say late last week Dettor used a traffic cone to break the glass to get into the police station in Shelburne -- which, to be sure, looks a lot like a school.

Investigators say the dispatcher and one officer were in the station when they heard a loud noise and glass breaking, and then the internal alarm went off. The dispatcher radioed for a patrol officer. Police say as the officer checked the perimeter of the building with a flashlight, he found Dettor hiding in the bushes.

Police say Dettor stepped out and admitted he had broken the window and thought he was breaking into a school, according to WCAX.

He was arrested on suspicion of unlawful mischief and ended up in the Chittenden Correctional Center.