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Lockdowns lifted at multiple Wakefield schools after SUV theft

Posted November 5, 2018 7:44 a.m. EST
Updated November 6, 2018 5:48 p.m. EST

— The lockdowns issued for several Wakefield schools were lifted after a stolen SUV and a search for the vehicle's occupants prompted authorities to order the heightened alert on the school campuses.

Lisa Luten, a spokeswoman for Wake County Schools, said the lockdowns were canceled shortly before 9:30 a.m.

The lockdowns were issued two hours earlier for Wakefield High School, Wakefield Middle School and Wakefield Elementary School, all located on Wakefield Pines Drive near Wake Forest.

The schools were on a code yellow lockdown, which meant classes were operating as usual but students, teachers and staff couldn't leave the campus.

Jack Watson, a college student who was at home, captured law enforcement authorities as an arrest of one of the suspects unfolded in front of Watson's window.

The Wake County Sheriff's Office confirmed that the lockdowns were related to a vehicle theft in the area.

No injuries were reported.

The identities of the suspects were pending.