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Escaped inmate steals gun, ammo from inside York Co school

Zachery Lee Reaves (York County Sheriff's Office) Zachery Lee Reaves (York County Sheriff's Office)
(SC Department of Corrections) (SC Department of Corrections)
YORK COUNTY, SC (WBTV) -

Deputies say an inmate broke into a school and stole a gun and cash hours after escaping from a correctional institution in Rock Hill.

Zachery Lee Reaves, 26, who was sentenced to 8 years in prison for second-degree burglary, walked away from the Catawba Pre-Release Center on the 1000 block of Millin Road around 8:50 p.m. Monday. The break-in was reported Tuesday morning at Academy Christian School on West Border Road.

Investigators said the front door of the school had been shattered and two small rocks were found inside. There was also a small trail of blood leading from the door into the building.

Employees at the school reported a black and silver .380 handgun stolen from a desk drawer in the school along with .380, 9mm and 32-caliber ammunition. Thirty-five dollars in cash was also taken.

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Academy Christian is not a public school. School officials did not comment on why the gun was in the building.

Surveillance pictures from the break-in were shown to the warden at the Catawba Pre-Release Center, who confirmed the burglar is believed to be escaped inmate Reaves.

Around 1:50 p.m. Tuesday, there was also a report that Reaves may have been spotted in Chester, which led to a lockdown at The York Technical College's Chester Center. The campus was later cleared by the Chester County Sheriff’s Office.

Reaves is described as a white male, 5'10" tall and 119 lbs. He has blue eyes and brown hair. Police say he has a Templor Angel tattoo on his right shoulder.

A spokesperson for the SCDC said Reaves began serving his sentence in 2013, but had just transferred to the Catawba Pre-Release Center in December 2015 and was on labor duty.

While the South Carolina Department of Corrections is in charge of the search for Reaves, the York County Sheriff's Office is investigating the burglary.

News of the break in at the school alarmed neighbors who live close to the school.

“It’s kind of scary, because if he can break into that school that’s literally in my backyard, he could have broke into any of the houses that are around here,” Brittany McCrorey said.

McCrorey said she’ll be keeping a closer eye out, especially with a child in the house.

“I actually started walking my nephew out to the bus," she said. "He’s a big boy so he wants to do it himself, but now I’ve got to get out there with him in the mornings - because you never know, he could still be out here.”

The SCDC said the search for Reaves was ongoing late Thursday evening.

Reaves should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone who sees him or has information about his whereabouts is urged to call 877-349-2130. 

There is a reward for information that leads to his capture.

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