Wanted teen slips into local high school; door supposed to be locked

Michael Johnson, Jr., was arrested after the burglary on Feb. 18. A booking photo of Jonathan Teegardin has not been released. (Jail photo)
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KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) A Killeen teenager who was arrested at gunpoint Wednesday inside Killeen High School got into the building through a door that was supposed to be locked, an affidavit released Friday says.

Jonathan David Teegardin, 19, was wanted in connection with a burglary at a local Family Dollar Store.

Video recorded by a security camera shows Teegardin entering the school with a female student at around 1:15 p.m. Wednesday through a staff entrance that is normally kept locked and requires a staff swipe card to open, the affidavit says.

He got in at a time when students were entering and leaving the building for lunch, the affidavit said.

He had been warned away from the school on Dec. 15, 2015, the affidavit said.

Teegardin is not and has never been a student at the school, officials said.

The suspect, who does not attend the school, “entered the premises without permission,” the Killeen Independent School District said in a brief statement Wednesday afternoon.

“The individual was immediately removed from the campus,” the district said, and never posed a threat to students.

The district’s call system was used to notify patents.

Teagardin and Michael Leonard Johnson, 17, are named in an arrest affidavit that says they broke into the Family Dollar Store on Feb.18.

Police found Johnson in a dumpster near the building.

The affidavit says Killeen police officers were near the Family Dollar on East Veterans Memorial Boulevard when they saw a couple of men grab a rock and throw it at the front door of the business.

Once inside the bandits tried to open the cigarette case, but were unsuccessful.

They left the business and took off towards the woods.

Police found one of the suspects hiding in a dumpster but were not able to locate the other.

However, when investigators interviewed the man in custody, he identified the accomplice.

Both men admitted they broke into the store intent upon stealing cigarettes.

Johnson is listed on the Bell County Jail roster being held in lieu of bonds totaling more than $50,000, charged with burglary of a building and evading arrest or detention.

Recently there has been a spike in cigarette burglaries in the city.

However officers are not connecting them and tell say they will look at every possibility.

The affidavit released Friday says Teegardin is also linked to the theft of a motorcycle earlier this month in Killeen.