A Durham man is accused of breaking a window at the State Capitol building and vandalizing the governor’s press office early Sunday. Douglas Webster McClary, 35, likely had no political motive and simply went “on a Saturday night binge, so to speak,” said State Capitol police Chief Scott Hunter. “There seems to be no indication that any of this break-in or the events had any target or focused on the governor at all. It was just a random act,” Hunter said.
Police said they caught McClary, of 410 Englewood Ave., in the second-floor stairwell after alarms went off around 2:30 a.m. He had broken a first-floor window on the west end of the building and climbed inside into the press office, police said.
Items were damaged in what Hunter described as “light vandalism.” Decorations by the Raleigh Garden Club were damaged. One Christmas tree was knocked over, and a wreath was ripped from an outside door. A chair was thrown against a window, and all told, six window panes dating from the 1840s were damaged.