Man arrested in Capitol break-in

Douglas Webster McClary (image sources: Wake Co. Sheriff's Office/Wikimedia Commons)
December 6, 2009 4:53:11 PM PST
State Capitol Police say they responded to an alarm at the State Capitol building around 2:20 a.m. Sunday and found a man inside.They arrested 35-year-old Douglas Webster McClary of Durham.

Call him Ebenezer Scrooge or by his real name Douglas McClary, either way Police say he paid a visit to the capitol Sunday morning and it wasn't for Figgie pudding.

"We do know that he broke a window on the first floor, one of the first floor offices, gained access into the building, and just conducted some random vandalism throughout the building," State Capitol Police Chief Scott Hunter said.

Police say McClary ripped down a wreath, hashed it out with a Christmas tree and did other minor damage inside the building.

"Some stands, a water cooler, different things in the building were knocked over. Not even broken but actually knocked over so nothing major," Hunter said. "We don't have any justification or any reason for the break-in."

Capitol police say McClary broke a window on the west end of the capitol to gain access to the Governor's Press Office. A total of three windows were broken by McClary, he gained access inside the building by climbing through one of the windows.

Police say they were able to respond to the scene quickly, after the broken windows triggered an alarm. Officers found McClary on the second floor, at that time they confronted him and he surrendered.

"They confronted him, placed him under arrest, took him into custody and transported him to Wake Medical Center where he was treated for a few injuries that he sustained during the break-in," Hunter said.

McClary was released on bond from Wake County Jail early afternoon Sunday.

He's charged with one count of breaking and entering, one count of damage to real property and one count of damage to personal property.

The question now is was McClary saying Bah-Humbug to Christmas at the Capitol or trying to get the Governor's attention for something else?

"None seemed to be targeted at any particular individual or any particular office in the building," Hunter said.

Police are still investigating but at this time are calling the crime a random act.

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