DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — Lockdowns at Ledford High and Friendship Elementary were lifted just before 1 p.m. Thursday after four break-in suspects were arrested nearby.
The break-in was reported in the 1500 block of John Green Road around 10:15 a.m.
Davidson County deputies responded and kept all four suspects inside the house. Initially, deputies were not sure if all four suspects were in the home, prompting the lockdowns. They were also worried about the burglary suspects having access to guns in the home.
“We shut [the schools] down just as a precaution,” said Sheriff David Grice.
No burglary suspects ever left the property or made it onto school grounds.
Neighbors were kept away from their homes for close to three hours until all four suspects could be coaxed out.
“I was sick to my stomach. I was nauseous, I was extremely nervous,” said Midgie Craver about the standoff and not knowing if her house had been burglarized as well.
Craver was one of many neighbors who told FOX8 that the neighborhood north of the high school towards Wallburg had been targeted by burglars over the last few weeks.
The Davidson County Sheriff’s Office could not provide statistics on the number of break-ins recently but said the crimes prompted extra patrols in the area. That allowed deputies to arrive within two minutes of the initial call for help and prompted the standoff.
Grice gave credit to some alert people in the neighborhood. He added that even though four people were caught and a vehicle matching the description of a car at other break-ins was found, neighbors should still remain vigilant.
“We’re encouraging anyone, if they see anything unusual in the neighborhood to go ahead and please call 911. Don’t wait,” said Grice.
The sheriff’s office has yet to identify the four people they arrested other than to say they are from Winston-Salem.