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The Roanoke Rapids Police Department reported the following, according to interim Chief Bobby Martin:

On Tuesday shortly after 6 a.m., officers responded to Roanoke Rapids High School and discovered vandalism.

The courtyard was littered with toilet paper, officers found graffiti, and picnic tables overturned.

Upon further investigation officers found cooking oil poured over the hardwood floors in the Senior Building and down the stairwells.

During the investigation it was also discovered door locks to the majority of the buildings had been glued and could not be used.

The estimated amount of damage done to the school was approximately $8,000 at this time. Police have developed persons of interest.

Investigation continues and warrants are pending at this time.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the police department at 252-533-2810 or Crime Stoppers at 252-583-4444.

On Tuesday shortly before 1:15 p.m., Lieutenant J. Baggett responded to Roses on a shoplifting call.

Staff noticed a person placing items in her purse before walking out of the store.

A store associate watching stopped the person and advised her to return.

The woman was identified as Heather Ellis Stansbury, 38, of the Roanoke Rapids area.

Baggett was made aware of the theft and placed Stansbury under arrest before transporting her to the magistrate’s office where she was charged with habitual larceny.

She received a $2,500 bond with a June 5 court date.

Located inside the purse were two packs of black socks, two packs of three-count men's boxers, two packs of T-shirts, and two packs of three-count Degree deodorant.


This morning shortly before 1:45, Corporal R. Cross was dispatched to the area of Hilton Garden Inn about a suspicious person.

Cross encountered a man outside the main lobby. The individual seemed confused and disoriented.

Through further investigation it appeared he was impaired from some unknown substance. Cross discovered methamphetamine in his possession.

The man was identified as William Bray, 41, of Guilford County.

Once narcotics were located Bray was arrested and carried before a magistrate.

He was charged with possession of schedule II and placed under a $1,500 bond with a June 6 court date.

Officer J. Shelburne assisted.