ELLERBE — Sheriff’s deputies have charged a homeless man with breaking into Mineral Springs Elementary School.
James Edward Pankey, 50, forced his way into the school at 1426 Green Lake Road near Ellerbe on Thursday, according to a warrant for his arrest. Richmond County deputies said in charging documents that Pankey planned to steal from the building.
Pankey was released from prison in December 2010 after serving a two-month, 10-day sentence for felony attempted breaking and entering, N.C. Division of Adult Correction records show. In February 2009, he was released after 10 months behind bars on a Richmond County conviction of possession with intent to sell a Schedule II controlled substance.
In a history of criminal convictions dating to 1982, Pankey has been found guilty of both misdemeanor and felony counts of breaking and entering, along with common-law robbery, several counts of larceny and receiving stolen goods.
Deputies on Thursday charged Pankey with two counts of felony breaking and entering and one count each of possession of burglary tools and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Pankey was booked into the Richmond County Detention Center under a $10,000 secured bond. His first court appearance is scheduled for Aug. 28.
— Corey Friedman