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For Immediate Release

Contact:
February 21, 2014 CDUSM Chris Atwater (336) 332-8700 or
SDUSM Mike Potter (336) 332-8702,
Middle District of North Carolina
Suspect in Elementary School Burglaries Arrested in Winston-Salem, NC by U.S. Marshals

Winston-Salem, NC – Yesterday morning at 11:00 AM, Don Cornelius Stephens, a 39 year old, Black Male, was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Joint Fugitive Task Force (JFTF) and the Winston Salem Police Department. Stephens was wanted by the Polk County, Florida Sheriff’s Office for three counts of Burglary into an Occupied Structure and two counts of Felony Petit Theft. Stephens is suspected of having entered three elementary schools in Florida and stealing personal property.

After a brief struggle, members of the JFTF arrested Stephens at his brother’s home located at 185 Endsley Street.

Stephens was released from Florida State Prison on December 23, 2013 after completing a five year sentence for committing similar crimes at four other elementary schools in Polk County, Florida is 2009. Stephens was suspected of being involved in similar activity at elementary schools in the Forsyth County area in the past week.

The U.S. Marshals Joint Fugitive Task Force for the Middle District of North Carolina is comprised of investigators from the U.S. Marshals Service, Chapel Hill Police Department, Durham Police Department, Greensboro Police Department, High Point Police Department, Winston Salem Police Department, Alamance County Sheriff’s Office, Orange County Sheriff’s Office, and the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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