In recent months several break-ins have been reported around the highway 704 and 770 areas of the county, and the Stokes County Sheriff’s Office has charged two men in connection with three break-ins that occurred in those areas.
According to a news release, the Stokes County Sheriff’s Office received calls in reference to reported break-ins to homes in the Sandy Ridge and Madison areas of the county from Sept. 14-28. Stokes County Detective Joey Lemons worked along with investigators with the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office to obtain sufficient information to seek charges in these cases.
Justin Wayne Adkins, 23, of 1612 Wade Circle, Madison, and Kenneth Scott Middleton, 34, of 402 S. 6th Ave., Mayodan, have each been charged with three counts breaking and entering, three counts larceny after breaking and entering, and three counts possession of stolen goods or property.
They have been arrested on those charges and are currently in custody in Rockingham County, awaiting trial. Bond was set at $10,000 apiece for the Stokes charges. Court date is set for Nov. 21.
Stokes County Sheriff Mike Marshall states, “We will gladly work along side other law enforcement agencies anytime to help bring people to justice who victimize our citizens.”
The break-ins occurred on Freeman Road, Hancock Road and Duggins Road. Chief Deputy Craig Carico said some of the top items taken during these break-ins were jewelry and firearms — popular targets of thefts.
Following the string of break-ins, officers asked residents in the highway 704 and 770 areas of Sandy Ridge to remain observant and report any suspicious activity to the sheriff’s office at 593-8787 or 911 if the activity was in progress.