One arrested in Cleveland High break-in



A 21-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday in connection with a break-in at Cleveland High School on Jan. 4, and investigators are still searching for a second suspect in the case, according to Investigator Fred Cochran of the Blount County Sheriff’s Department.

Two suspects were caught on security cameras entering the school around midnight. They entered six classrooms and stole $2,000 worth of televisions and projectors. The duo remained in the school for approximately 20 minutes, Cochran said.

Cullen Thompson, a Cleveland graduate, has been charged with third-degree burglary for his involvement in the crime, according to Investigator Michael Blackwood.

Thompson was released from the Blount County Correctional Facility Tuesday on a $5,000 bond. He had a clean record prior to this incident.

All stolen items have since been returned.

Anyone with information on the crime is asked to call the Blount County Sheriff’s Department at 625-4127 or Crimestoppers at 274-2746.