ASHEBORO, N.C.-- Randolph County Sheriffs Office have arrested Jason Martin, 24, in connection to three recent break-ins including a school and two churches.
Deputies with the Randolph County Sheriff's Office (RCSO) were notified by an alarm that someone had broken in to Trinity Elementary School early Monday morning.
When officers arrived, they found evidence that someone had broken in to the school through a window on the door.
Deputies say the person stole school laptops, gas powered yard tools, and candy bars.
After reviewing the school’s surveillance video, officers were able to capture a picture of the suspect and get a vehicle description.
They later arrested 24-year-old Jason Martin.
After his arrest, deputies say Martin confessed to the school break-in and two recent church break-ins.
Martin has been charged with break-ins at Liberty Grove United Methodist Church and Liberty Grove Missionary Baptist Church.
Pastor Pearl Allen of Liberty Grove Missionary Baptist Church says she's glad the suspect got caught.
""They don't have a conscience. They don't have any regard for God's house," said Allen. "It's a sanctuary where we come to worship. But to them, it's just another building. They see an opportunity to break in and get what they want, it's what they do."
Allen was still in shock on Tuesday as she showed us where the suspect broke in to her church.
"It was very alarming for us because we weren't used to anything like this at our church," said Allen.
Meanwhile, just across the street, a handyman is working to fix the broken windows at Liberty Grove Methodist Church -- another target of the break-ins.
Wilbur Battle, the church's treasurer, says the attempted break-ins are indicative of the recent rise in violence nationally.
"There's nothing sacred anymore. It's really a shame when you think about it," said Battle. "But all we can do is do what we're supposed to do, pray for them and ask God to deal with him the way he sees fit. All we can do is do what we're supposed to do, pray for them and ask God to deal with him the way he sees fit."
Church officials say the suspect tried to steal microphones, amplifiers, and other electronics from the churches.
"They just feel like 'whatever I need, wherever I can get it, this is just another building.'" said Allen.
Deputies found the suspect by tracking his car, which was reported stolen.
When officers made contact with Martin, they say he confessed to the crimes.
Jason Martin is still in jail at the time of this report.
He's being held under a $30,000 secured bond.
According to a news release from RCSO, Martin is facing 17 charges total including breaking and entering and larceny.
Martin is still in the Randolph County Jail under a $30,000 secured bond.
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