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Pair accused of breaking into Cardinal Gibbons High School

Posted June 18, 2012

— Raleigh police have charged two people in connection with a break-in at Cardinal Gibbons High School.

Michael Scott Yagoda, 26, of 1621 Amber Ridge Lane, Apt. O, and Dashawn Unique Willis, 16, whose address was unavailable, each faces charges of felony larceny and felony breaking and entering in the June 7 break-in.

Police said the janitor spotted the two men loading property into a car and followed them to a nearby apartment complex.

The pair was later arrested, and investigators found in Yagoda's apartment laptops and a pressure washer that had been taken from the school.

Both men were in the Wake County jail Monday under bonds of $13,000.


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  • Jun 18, 2012

    Unique? Poor kid never had a chance.

  • judithfergerson Jun 18, 2012

    What is a 16 year old doing running with a 26 year old? That was a sure sign of trouble to start with. Mama's need to know who their children are messing around with - if it is someone older - you can bet there is gonna be trouble to begin with.

  • djofraleigh Jun 18, 2012

    I will give odds that neither of the pictures young men had their fathers in the home, that both have mothers who had their first child as a teen. Something has to be done to hold FATHERS accountable and responsible for their children...and sometimes mothers.

  • djofraleigh Jun 18, 2012

    More on the age and the justice system:

    Even after turning 18, judges can consider the age and reliable supervision outside of jail;

    they can't be given the death penalty, if under 18 at the offense.

    Those not convicted of a felony can have records expunged at 18, which helps with plea bargains.

    Those under 26 are placed in selected prisons rather than thrown into the general prison population (remember Polk Youth Detention?)

    Age is an arbitrary boundary between adult and child.

  • djofraleigh Jun 18, 2012

    Students under 16, if arrested, are turned over to the parent. If it is a fight at school, or on the street, there will likely no charges made by the police, mostly because nothing happens that day, for even then, the student's parent would be called to pick them up rather than be taken to jail, where again, the parent would pick them up.

    There's a good case for not treating anyone like an 'adult' at any age until certain mental mileposts are attained. IF juvenile justice could show they are truly effective, it would help raise the age and give treatment rather than punishment. I don't want to see 'selected cases' one way or the other, but want to see that those in juvenile systems don't wind up in the adult system.

  • maxcadman Jun 18, 2012

    it says a pressure washer. they are 200.00 and up.

  • NotFromHere Jun 18, 2012

    There are jobs out there for kids who want them. All of my nephews and nieces have summer jobs. It just depends on how hard you try and how hard you work. Most of them got called back to the job they had last year.

  • Gnathostomata Jun 18, 2012

    It doesn't matter if he is 16 or 61; it doesn't matter if he has a summer job or not; it doesn't matter if he's hanging with an older guy. What matters is he broke into a school and stole property that was not his. He IS a crook and he should have to serve time for stealing, causing others the anxiety that goes with worrying about crooks, for taking materials needed to teach other children, and for being unfit as a human being. No excuses; there are many kids out there without everything they think they need, and many without basic things, and they don't steal and cause mayhem to their communities. Sick and tired of this lifestyle to support non-productive goof-offs. Send them away, please.

  • sammyg Jun 18, 2012

    By the looks of their eyes, I'd say drugs were involved.

  • storchheim Jun 18, 2012

    You beat me to it, ginny159.