Adam Austin Cisneros
Adam Austin Cisneros

Two former students of Red Boiling Springs School were arrested after allegedly breaking into the building and stealing a semi-automatic rifle and two bulletproof vests.

Adam Austin Cisneros, 19, and Lee Parker Clark, 18, each face multiple charges following the incident, which took place last Wednesday evening.

"At this time, we don't believe they went there after the gun or to do harm," Macon County Sheriff Mark Gammons said. "(We believe they wanted) to find something valuable to steal for resale, and an iPad was stolen as well."

According to the arrest report, school surveillance cameras recorded Cisneros and Clark kicking doors in an attempt to access a school resource officer's (SRO) office, and eventually breaking a window leading inside.

Cisneros allegedly crawled through the window and opened the door for Clark, at which point the two reportedly stole an AR-15 rifle and a bullet-proof vest from the officer's safe.

"Most of the time during a school shooting, the SRO is out-powered by the perpetrators' weapon(s)," Gammons said, noting the rifles are allowed under sheriff's department policy. "I know it doesn't please everyone (to have rifles in schools), but we're trying to account for the safety of the students."

Cisneros and Clark also allegedly stole a second vest from another SRO office, broke windows in the football pressbox and damaged doors inside the school building.

The two were identified as suspects based on facial features and tattoos observed by the security cameras throughout the building.

"When the principals got to school (the next morning) before the buses arrived, they discovered there had been a break-in and didn't know if someone was still on the property," Macon County Director of Schools Tony Boles said. "They made the decision to take all the elementary school students that were dropped off to the cafeteria, and all the junior-high and high-school students to the gymnasium for a lockdown."

The lockdown remained in effect until approximately noon on Aug. 8, and the elementary-school students were kept inside for the rest of the school day.

"Director Boles and the principals were working with us to identify people in the video," Gammons said. "Both suspects turned themselves in, and on (Aug. 8), we obtained a search warrant for Lee Clark's residence, where we found a spot in the woods covered by blankets and weeds. The rifle and vests were buried there."

Cisneros has previously been arrested on charges including aggravated burglary and theft of property. Clark had not been charged with any crimes as an adult before the incident.

Clark and Cisneros were both charged with burglary, theft of property and vandalism in connection with the break-in. Their bonds were set at $11,000 each, and the two are scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 14.