Theft charge for 1 linked to Dorr school incident

Curtis Harding. (May 19, 2014)

ALLEGAN, Mich. (WOOD) — A man linked to a Tuesday evacuation at Dorr Elementary now faces a felony charge.

Curtis James Harding, 47, of Moline was officially charged Thursday on one count of larceny. He allegedly stole a company ID and lanyard from a man.

Harding was arraigned via video from Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services. He appeared to not have a full grasp of the procedure. He said he did not understand the term larceny, but seconds later admitted to committing it.

Magistrate Kirby Goodwin explained to Harding that if he was to be convicted of this crime he could spend 10 years in prison.

Harding then entered a plea of not guilty.

His bond was set at $50,000 and he was ordered to stay away from Wayland schools and Dorr Elementary.

The larceny charge is not directly connected to a Tuesday incident at Dorr Elementary, when the building was evacuated after a suspicious person and package were seen. No explosives were found after a search, police said, but they declined to comment further on the incident.

Police have not said Harding is the person involved, but Michigan State Police records show he was arrested in Dorr on Monday. His bond restrictions are also telling.

No one has been charged with anything directly connected to the evacuation.

Harding is due back in court on June 4.

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