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Bench is source of charge for Capitol break-in suspect

Posted December 11, 2009 4:20 p.m. EST
Updated December 11, 2009 4:39 p.m. EST

— The Durham man accused of breaking into the State Capitol last weekend faces a felony charge for the damage he allegedly did to a bench once inside, according to an arrest warrant issued Thursday.

Douglas Webster McClary, 35, of 410 Englewood Ave., was arrested Sunday morning and charged with breaking and entering, first-degree trespassing, damage to real property and damage to personal property after State Capitol Police found him in a second-floor stairwell.

He bonded out of jail on those charges.

On Thursday, State Capitol Police issued an arrest warrant saying McClary "broke a wooden bench in the State Capitol building ... having a value of $600." They charged him with theft or destruction of public property.

Authorities said McClary 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.

McClary 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.