Break-in at Gaston Police Department

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February 18, 2008

GASTON, S.C.---Lexington County deputies say one man has been arrested and they're looking for another after a break-in at the Gaston Police Department.

The office is currently unoccupied after the town laid off its police forces recently.

Deputies arrested James Paul Murray, 20, of Swansea, for breaking into the department. They're looking for another Swansea man, Timothy Alfonzo McNeal. He's 33. Deputies say he was out on bond on other drug charges when the Gaston Police office was entered.

Investigators also said they believe the two men planned the break-in while they were in jail.

A person who lives in Gaston called the sheriff's office around 10 p.m. Saturday to report the crime. Sheriff's officers are now handling calls in Gaston. Deputies found a broken window in the building. They saw two men and ordered them to put their hands up. The two tried to run out, but deputies caught Murray. They think McNeal escaped.

Murray's vehicle and a backpack were searched. Officers found a police badge, gloves and a baton. Murray is now in the Lexington County jail.

If you know where McNeal is, call Crime Stoppers at 888 559-TIPS.

Information from WLTX in Columbia was used in preparing this report.

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