ROCKINGHAM— Two men from the Sunshine State are accused of stealing more than $32,000 in merchandise from a local jewelry store early Sunday morning.
According to the Rockingham Police Department, officers responded to a call around 3:45 a.m. July 10 to an alarm activation at Ayers Jewelry on Rockingham Road in Rockingham.
When officers arrived, they reportedly saw a man running from the store and getting into a vehicle, which led police in a short pursuit.
Investigators say when the car stopped, the driver jumped out and ran but was “immediately apprehended.” Police also arrested the passenger.
“Chief (George) Gillenwater wants to recognize the officers’ speedy response, which led to the apprehension of these two suspects,” reads a Facebook post from the RPD. “We also want to thank the Richmond County Sheriff’s Department and the Hamlet Police Department for their assistance.
Both men — 24-year-old Dale Louie Bennett II of Tallahassee, Florida, and 23-year-old Jonathan Morgan Flowers of Hollywood, Florida — are each charged with felony breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, possession of burglary tools, fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, and injury to personal property.
Each was booked into the Richmond County Jail under a $100,000 secured bond. They are scheduled to appear in court July 28.
All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.