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Police arrest men suspected of day-long criminal activity that led to a school lock down

LOUISBURG -- Authorities arrested two men they allege were responsible for a hit and run wreck, a firearms theft, an armed robbery, a police chase that prompted lock downs at two schools and had another on alert on Thursday.

Sebastian R. Rogers, 18, of Louisburg, was charged with five counts of larceny of a firearm and Jonathan J. Posner, 29, of Charlotte, was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, breaking and entering and larceny, larceny of a motor vehicle and five counts of larceny of a firearm.

They were both in custody.

According to authorities, the two were alleged to have been involved in a property damage wreck at about 11:40 a.m. and they left the scene, leaving behind a 2013 pickup truck they were in.

That matter was being investigated by the State Highway Patrol.

Just after 2:30 p.m., sheriff's deputies responded to a call of shots being fired at the Katesville Pallet Mill on N.C. 56 between Franklinton and Louisburg.

Deputies responded to discover that the suspects fired shots as Posner is alleged to have stolen a truck from the business.

He led authorities on a chase through Louisburg before exiting the vehicle on Sunset Avenue.

Posner, who was still believed to have been armed, was spotted in an area behind the baseball field at Louisburg College, heading toward Louisburg High School.

Louisburg Police Chief Jason Abbott said a school resource officer was notified of the situation and the school was placed under an active shooter lock down. As a precaution, Crosscreek Charter School was also on lock down.

Louisburg College was also on alert, school officials said, noting that the suspect never was on the school's campus.

Posner did not make it to the high school as officers were able to apprehend him.

It was not immediately clear if he was armed when he was arrested. Sheriff's deputies were processing the contents of the stolen vehicle late Thursday afternoon.

Rogers did not leave Katesville Pallet Mill with Posner in the truck.

Authorities arrested him a short time later at a residence off Peach Orchard Road. He was arrested with out incident.

During the course of the investigation, authorities charged the duo with stealing five guns from the Red Devils Clubhouse on Peach Orchard Road.

It's possible, authorities said, that the break in at the clubhouse took place between the morning wreck and the afternoon incident at Katesville Pallet Mill.

It was not clear when the duo would next appear in court.

The case remains under investigation.


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