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Two Students Facing Felony Charges After Breaking Into Old Main

With the end of the year upon us, students are trying to cross some last-minute items off their Penn State bucket list before parting for the summer or graduating in a few weeks. For some, however, this adventure turned into a little more than a fun Saturday night rendezvous, earning two students a trip to the Centre County Correctional Facility.

Jon-Patrick Carroll and Devon Pye were arrested by university police yesterday and charged with burglary, criminal trespassing, and criminal mischief after being identified as the individuals who broke into Old Main after hours. The incident, which police believe occurred around 7 p.m. on Saturday night, was reported to police yesterday morning after an employee noticed damage to Old Main in the form of a broken window.

University police were able to make use of the cameras located around campus in addition to interviews with witnesses to identify Carroll and Pye by yesterday afternoon.

Carroll and Pye were arraigned in front of the county judged yesterday and committed to Centre County Correctional facility in lieu of $10,000 unsecured bail on charges of burglary, criminal trespassing for both breaking into and entering the building, and criminal mischief for tampering with and damaging property.

Both Carroll and Pye posted bail and are awaiting preliminary hearings, which are scheduled for May 6. Chief of University Park Police Tyrone Parham said that police believe that the students intended on climbing to the top of the bell tower.

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Lexi Shimkonis

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