Meridian Star

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November 27, 2013

Second school burglary suspect in custody

MERIDIAN — By Brian Livingston

blivingston@themeridianstar.com

    A second suspect in a Clarkdale High School burglary was taken into custody Monday night, according to Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department authorities.

    LCSD Chief Dep. Ward Calhoun said Tuesday afternoon that Alan Lance Pierce, 36, of Lauderdale County, was arrested at his home in Lauderdale County by deputies and investigators with the department.     Pierce is now facing charges of receiving stolen property and probation violation. Calhoun said Pierce was placed on a $15,000 bond.

    LCSD authorities had been searching for Pierce ever since the burglary was reported by school officials on Nov. 13. LCSD authorities had already taken one person into custody, 21-year-old David Wesley Evans of Aycock Road and charged him with four counts of commercial burglary.

    LCSD Maj. Casey McElhenney, commander of the department's Criminal Investigation Division, said investigators did an initial sweep of Pierce's home but found no items reported stolen from the school.

    McElhenney said Pierce is not cooperating with sheriff's department authorities.

    When school officials arrived on the morning of Nov. 13, they discovered a thief or thieves had pried open a window in a school technology lab to gain access to the school and had broken into about a dozen classrooms. The stolen items included 17 to 20 laptops, band speakers and equipment and technology equipment, such as an Elmo wall projector, school officials have said.

    LCSD authorities said classrooms were ransacked, with items pulled out of cabinets and drawers.

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