2 arrested in connection with Rockingham County church break-ins, thefts

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Bobby Jonathan Perdue II and Julie Marie Saxton

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WENTWORTH, N.C. — Rockingham County Sheriff’s Investigators have charged two people in connection with a series of break-ins and thefts at churches in the area.

Bobby Jonathan Perdue II, 26, and Julie Marie Saxton, 33, both of 1855 Barnes St. in Reidsville, were charged with felony breaking and entering into a place of worship, larceny after breaking and entering, and misdemeanor larceny in connection with the Feb. 2 break-in at Palestine United Methodist Church located at 2954 Ellisboro Road in Stokesdale.

Both are accused of stealing dishes, kitchen utensils and a crockpot from the church.

Perdue was charged with an additional count of felony breaking and entering into a place of worship, larceny after breaking and entering and misdemeanor larceny in connection with the Feb. 2 break-in at Gideon Grove United Methodist Church located at 2865 Gideon Grove Church Road in Stokesdale. He is accused of taking money from the church altar.

Perdue is being held in the Rockingham County Jail under a $25,000 bond and Saxton was placed in the Rockingham County Jail under a $20,000 secured bond. Both are scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 18.

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