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Kannapolis brothers charged with stealing beer, wine from church


Christopher Aaron Rudd

Thomas Ray Rudd

By Shavonne Walker

KANNAPOLIS — Twin brothers have been charged with a break-in at a Kannapolis church where Rowan County authorities say beer and wine were stolen.

According to the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office, the brothers are accused of taking the alcoholic beverages from St. John the Baptizer Romanian Orthodox Church, 8228 Park Edwards Road, on the morning of Oct. 23.

Thomas Ray Rudd and Christopher Aaron Rudd, 18, both of the 7100 block of Unity Church Road, Kannapolis, were charged Friday with felony breaking and entering a place of worship and felony larceny after breaking and entering.

Both remain in the Rowan County Detention Center each under a $5,000 secured bond, according to arrest warrants.

The Rudds took six Heineken beers and a bottle of wine but left behind lottery tickets and empty packages of candy containing a component found in marijuana, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

A deputy responded to a burglary alarm just after 12:30 a.m. Oct. 23 that indicated motion in a hallway. The deputy found a window screen had been torn at the back of the church. Several chairs were knocked over near the window. A priest told the deputy that six Heineken beers and a bottle of wine were the only items missing.

Officials said they found a red Bic lighter, three lottery scratch-off tickets and two packages of CBD gummies that were outside on the ground. CBD is cannabidiol, a compound found in marijuana or marijuana plants.

Drug possession charges

Lisa Marie Sheets, 33, of the 900 block of Oakwood Avenue, Kannapolis, was charged Sunday with felony possession of methamphetamine and felony possession of a controlled substance on jail premises. Arrest warrants say she was in possession of crystal meth in the Rowan County Detention Center.

She was arrested Sunday after a Rockwell police officer stopped Sheets because she was driving 100 mph in a 55-mph zone on N.C. 152, according to authorities.

Sheets also had a misdemeanor warrant for her arrest in Cabarrus County for misdemeanor resisting or obstructing an officer; driving while license revoked; failure to heed lights and siren; and misdemeanor assault on a government official.

According to warrants, that incident occurred July 22 and involved a Concord police officer. Warrants said the officer tried to stop Sheets and she pushed the officer out of her car and drove away.

Sheets was charged with a failure to appear in Cabarrus County court on charges of failure to wear a seat belt and driving while license revoked. She was also charged with felony fleeing to elude arrest.

Sheets, who is also known as Lisa Carol Sheets and Marie Sheets, remains in the county jail under a $33,000.01 secured bond.




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