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Fayetteville student accused of church vandalism

Posted March 5, 2009 5:34 p.m. EST
Updated March 6, 2009 10:31 a.m. EST

— A Southview High School student is accused of vandalizing a Fayetteville church last weekend.

Derrek Thomas Silvas, 18, of 914 Faison Ave. was arrested at school Thursday on charges of breaking and entering a place of work, attempted larceny and safe cracking.

Investigators say Silvas broke into New Calvary Baptist Church, 3862 Gateway Drive, at around 4 a.m. Sunday. A church safe and typewriter were damaged, detectives said.

Silvas was expected to be released Thursday evening from the Cumberland County Detention Center on a $2,000 unsecured bond. He was scheduled for his first court appearance Friday afternoon.

The church was also vandalized last month. That incident remained under investigation.