Arrest made in copper piping theft at Jamestown Elementary

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JAMESTOWN, N.C. — The Guilford County Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest after copper piping was stolen from Jamestown Elementary School early Thursday morning.

Jason Wayne Gowan, 33, was charged with felony breaking and entering and felony larceny.

In the early morning hours of Dec. 10, deputies say they noticed a suspicious vehicle parked on Ragsdale Road in Jamestown. Upon further investigation, they discovered a cutting instrument near the vehicle along with several lengths of copper piping.

A K-9 track was conducted with the assistance of High Point Police, and that led officers to Jamestown Elementary School where they heard the sound of running water.

Authorities discovered that copper piping had been cut and removed from the crawl space of the Jamestown Elementary School gym, located at 108 Potter Drive.

The K-9 track continued and led officers to a home located at 214 Knollwood Drive. After obtaining a search warrant, authorities found evidence in the home linking Gowan to the crime..

Additional property from a theft that happened on Nov. 16 at the First Baptist Church, located at 306 Guilford Road, was located at the home. Gowan was charged with two counts of misdemeanor possession of stolen property for the property stolen from the church.