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Two more charged in school break-in

Police have arrested two more suspects who are accused of breaking into a county school this month.

Caitlyn Marie Simons, of 4950 Maiden Highway in Maiden, and Kylie Madison Rozzelle, of 2647 Keener Road in Lincolnton, both 18, allegedly broke into S. Ray Lowder Elementary School in Lincolnton on Sept. 20, according to a police report.

Rozzelle

The duo was arrested on Friday and placed under a $5,000 unsecured bond apiece for one felony count each of larceny, breaking and entering and conspiracy to commit breaking and entering, police said.

Two other suspects have also been arrested in the

incident. Anthony Louis Johnson Jr., and Joshua Drake Spencer, both 19 and of 1828 West Highway 150 in Lincolnton, were taken into custody after police reported catching them in the act of breaking into the school lat at night, Sheriff’s Office authorities previously said.

The two men also allegedly broke into Kiser Intermediate School and Love Memorial Elementary School earlier this month.

However, police have not said whether Simons and Rozzelle are also thought to be connected to the two other school break-ins.

Spencer and Johnson allegedly accessed Kiser and Love Memorial by way of a window and additionally used a ceiling tile to gain entry into each school’s principal office according to a previous Times-News article.

Money and laptop computers were taken from the buildings, authorities said.

As a result, both men face numerous charges from more than one local law enforcement agency. Police charged Spencer and Johnson with two felony counts each of breaking and entering a building and larceny after breaking and entering as well as one felony count each of possession of stolen goods, possession of burglary tools and conspiracy to commit felony larceny according to a Sheriff’s Office press release.

In addition, the men received three additional felonies from deputies for breaking and entering, larceny and possession of stolen goods.

Spencer additionally faces one misdemeanor count of communicating threats, authorities said.

So far deputies are not connecting any of the suspects to a fourth school break-in that occurred at Lincolnton Middle School last week. No arrests have been made in that incident as of yet.

Simons and Rozzelle have since been released from the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center. However, both of the men remain behind bars. Johnson has been placed under a $60,000 bond, a $20,000 increase from his initial bond amount.

In addition, Spencer’s bond was increased from $42,000 to $62,500 following a first court appearance.

Both men are scheduled to make a second court appearance on Oct. 6.

JENNA-LEY HARRISON, Staff Reporter

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