Man charged with first breaking into Apex High School, then vending machines

From staff reportsMay 5, 2012 

— A Cary man was in custody early Saturday morning after what police charged was a break-in at Apex High School followed by breaking into five vending machines while security cameras captured the event.

Police charged Cory Peter Tyson, 32, of 730 Braniff Drive in Cary with breaking and entering the school and breaking into a coin machine, both felonies. They also charged him with resisting an officer by, they said, running away as police approached the school and with misdemeanor larceny after they arrested him riding past the school on what they determined was a stolen bicycle.

Wake County Public School System security officials, alerted by an alarm at the school, were able to see the events on a camera and give police a description, officers reported.

While they were working at the scene of the break-in, a man matching the description of the burglar rode by on a 20-inch bicycle, they said, and they stopped Tyson.

Tyson was ordered held on $10,000 bail on the felony charges and $1,000 bail on the others.

According to state Department of Public Safety records, Tyson served prison sentences in 2007 for larceny and possession of stolen goods and 2008 for possession of burglary tools. He had been put on probation in 2004 for breaking into a vending machine and in 2005 for possessing burglary tools.

Records filed with arrest warrants for Saturday’s charges show arrests in 2005 and 2010 on vending-machine break-in charges, but there is no indication whether those charges are pending or were dropped.

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