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If you break into a school (twice), stealing the hall pass won’t help you

The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Fayetteville teenager a couple of weeks ago, accusing him of breaking into an elementary school. Deputies arrested him again on Friday for allegedly breaking into another.

Deputies arrested Bryce McNeely, 16, on Jan. 15 as he walked out of Montclair Elementary School with two iPads, a lock pick set and a hall pass in his backpack, according to the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office.

The iPads and the hall pass belonged to the Cumberland County School System, the sheriff’s office said.

Deputies found that several doors inside the school had been kicked in by McNeely so he could get into classrooms, the Fayetteville Observer reported.

He was charged with breaking and entering, larceny, possession of stolen property, possession of burglary tools and damage to property.

McNeely posted $4,000 bail and was released from the Cumberland County Detention Center the next day.

On Jan. 26, 10 days after McNeely’s first arrest, deputies responded to a burglar alarm at William H. Owen Elementary School about 2 a.m.

Deputies on the scene didn’t find a suspect on school property, but after they reviewed security camera footage they recognized the suspect as McNeely, the sheriff’s office said.

McNeely was arrested later that day and charged with breaking and entering, again.

This time, McNeely was held under a $50,000 bond.

Camila Molina: 919-829-4538, @Cmolina__

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