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Suspect in Capitol break-in could face felony charge

Posted December 7, 2009 4:59 p.m. EST
Updated December 7, 2009 7:02 p.m. EST

— A Durham man accused of breaking into the State Capitol over the weekend could face additional charges.

Douglas Webster McClary, 35, of 410 Englewood Ave., was arrested Sunday morning and charged with a misdemeanor count of breaking and entering after State Capitol Police found him in a second-floor stairwell.

Authorities said he broke a first-floor window on the west end of the building and climbed inside.

A number of items, including window panes and a pine bench dating to the 1840s, were damaged.

Ernie Seneca, a spokesman for the state Department of Crime Control and Public Safety, said State Capitol Police are waiting to see if the bench is certified to be a historical artifact. If so, McClary could face a felony charge.

McClary, also charged with first-degree trespassing, damage to real property and damage to personal property, is employed as a financial analyst at Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy.

A university spokesman said Monday that he is on paid administrative leave, pending a review of the case.

McClary is out of jail on a $5,000 secured bond. His first court date is Jan. 20.