ECU Student Arrested After Break-In At Chancellor's Residence

An East Carolina University student is charged with breaking into the chancellor's residence on East Fifth Street.

Jaleesa Vales was jailed on a first degree burglary charge. ECU says Chancellor Steve Ballard and his wife Nancy were both at home when the break-in happened around 3:15 a.m. Neither was injured.

ECU police responded to a burglar alarm at the home and say they saw the student inside. They say Vales then went into the backyard where she was arrested.

“I appreciate the quick action by ECU police officers." said Ballard. "They responded immediately, and I have complete confidence in the way they handled this case.”

The 20-year old Vales has been at ECU since fall of 2008 and her intended major is hospitality management. Her bond was set at $20,000.

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