A man and a woman were arrested this week at an Alexander County elementary school after being found in possession of a stolen firearm on school grounds.
The incident occurred at Wittenburg Elementary School, according to Alexander County Sheriff Chris Bowman.
On Thursday, February 9, 2017, Lee Roy Lingerfelt, III, age 26 of Lenoir, was arrested and charged with Felony Possession of Firearm on School Grounds, Felony Possession/Alteration of a Serial Number on a Weapon, and Driving While License Revoked.
Carrie Marie Adkins, age 27 of Taylorsville, and parent of a Wittenburg student, was arrested and charged with Felony Possession of Firearm on School Grounds as well as Felony Possession/Alteration of a Serial Number on a Weapon, according to Tod Jones, Chief Deputy.
These charges stemmed from both individuals being on Wittenburg Elementary School property during school hours.
Jones said school officials called law enforcement because Adkins was at the school and was causing a disruption. He noted that Adkins and Lingerfelt came to the school together in the same vehicle.
The weapon, a .32 caliber revolver, was located in the glove compartment of the suspects’ vehicle following a search. Both suspects were arrested at the school and transported to the Alexander County Law Enforcement Center, where they were each given a $10,000 secured bond with a first appearance date of Monday, February 13, 2017, in Alexander County District Court.
In addition, Sheriff Bowman said that Adkins was later charged with possession of a stolen firearm, and is placed under an additional $10,000 secured bond (total of $20,000 bond).
This comes just after Adkins was arrested by the Sheriff’s Office February 3 and charged with Felony Financial Card Theft. She was placed in custody under a $25,000 unsecured bond for that charge and later released, pending trial.
Adkins and Lingerfelt also face charges in other counties.