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Fayetteville man charged with breaking into school

Posted April 20, 2009 10:08 a.m. EDT

— Cumberland County sheriff’s detectives arrested a Fayetteville man Sunday and charged him with breaking into Westarea Elementary School to steal audio equipment.

Authorities charged Malcolm Jamal Jacobs, 22, of 832 Lakecrest Drive, with breaking and entering and attempted larceny.

Investigators say a silent alarm inside the school alerted officers that someone had gained entrance to the rear section of the building. When detectives arrived, they saw Jacobs climb out of a broken window, officials said. 

A foot chase began and a detective followed Jacobs to his home where he was found hiding in a storage building.

Authorities took Jacobs to the Cumberland County Detention Center where he was released on a $2,000 unsecured bond. He was scheduled to make a first court appearance at 2:30 p.m. Monday in the Detention Center Courtroom.

Authorities say someone else broke into Westarea Elementary School on Sunday around 10:48 a.m. No arrests have been made.