Randolph County school, businesses fall victim to break-ins; 2 arrested

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RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. -- The Randolph County Sheriff's Department is investigating a series break-ins along Old U.S. Highway 311.

New Market Elementary School, located at 6096 Old U.S. 311, was broken into overnight and the damage is "significant," according to Tim Moody of Randolph County Schools.

The school's staff worked to clean up the mess early Monday morning. Students were held in the school's gym during the investigation.

According to Capt. Derrick Hill with the Randolph County Sheriff's Office, the two suspects destroyed the front office of the school and went through several classrooms. Cash and electronics were taken from the classrooms.

Hill said surveillance photos of the suspects should be released later today or Tuesday morning.

Midway Mart, H&M Grocery and Sophia Full Gospel Baptist Church were also broken into.

Johnny Ray Kennedy and Jonathan William Stowers

Johnny Ray Kennedy and Jonathan William Stowers

Deputies have arrested two people who they believe may have been involved in the break-ins. They were identified Monday evening as 19-year-old Johnny Ray Kennedy, of Sophia, and 18-year-old Jonathan William Stowers, of Randleman.

Both are charged with three counts of felony breaking and entering, three counts of larceny after breaking and entering, three counts of possession of stolen goods, two counts of injury to personal property, one count of breaking and entering a place of worship, one count of breaking and entering a motor vehicle and one count of attempted larceny of a motor vehicle.

Kennedy and Stowers are both confined in the Randolph County Jail under $250,000 secured bonds, Hill said.