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3 North Rowan schools put on lockdown

SPENCER Three Rowan County schools were put on lockdown at midday Monday due to police activity nearby.

North Rowan Elementary, North Rowan Middle and North Rowan High schools, each in Spencer, went on lockdown around noon, authorities said.

Police were looking for suspects in a series of burglary cases, said Chief Michael James. The suspects’ vehicle crashed into a tree and they fled on foot. The schools were locked down as a precaution, James said, and there’s no indication that the suspects ever went onto school property.

The lockdown was lifted about an hour after it started, and students went home on a normal schedule.

The three schools are in the same area on the north side of Spencer, between Charles and Whitehead streets, a short distance west of U.S. 29/U.S. 70.

Three of the suspects have been apprehended, James said, including one who was taken to the hospital following the crash.

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