Local school put on brief lockdown as juveniles arrested for vehicle thefts

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Police are searching for juveniles they believe were involved in car thefts, after two of them were arrested, two more evaded police and two stolen vehicles were recovered near a local school; a series of events which caused that school to be put on a brief “community lockdown.”

At least one juvenile could be seen being cuffed at the intersection of Peters Creek Parkway and Brewer Road, which border the campus of Parkland High School. The two stolen vehicles that were recovered were a Dodge Caliber and a Ford Explorer.

Police are not commenting on what led up to the vehicles being stopped at the intersection, but did say that two suspects ran from the vehicles, which is what resulted in the lockdown at Parkland.

Instead of being at the intersection, the Dodge should have been at an apartment complex off of Country Club Road, which is where it was stolen from Tuesday morning.

“We got ready for work, the kids got ready for school, and we come downstairs and the car is gone,” said Diamond Hampton, the sister of the man to whom the Dodge belongs. “He was pretty upset, of course, as anyone should be.”

Hampton said her nephew accidentally left the keys to the Dodge on the front seat the night before.

On Wednesday morning, the Explorer was stolen from a home on East Sprague Street. Police say they believe the same group of juveniles are responsible for both of the thefts.

“They want to have fun, they want to get into some trouble, but taking from someone isn’t the way to go,” Hampton said. “It affects people, it affects them in a really difficult way.”

The recovered vehicles are only part of the investigation, according to police. They say they are still conducting interviews as part of a compete investigation to see if the juveniles are involved with other vehicle thefts.

Police believe the responsible parties may have included juveniles.