Weapons charges for twin brothers accused of breaking into church

The church break-in happened in October. (Rowan Sheriff's Office)
The church break-in happened in October. (Rowan Sheriff's Office)
Updated: Mar. 19, 2019 at 7:44 AM EDT
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ROWAN COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - More charges have been filed against twin brothers accused of breaking into a Rowan County church in October.

According to the Rowan Sheriff’s Office report, Thomas Ray Rudd and Christopher Aaron Rudd, 18, both of the 7100 block of Unity Church Road, Kannapolis, were charged with felony breaking and entering a place of worship and felony larceny after breaking and entering.

The brothers allegedly broke into St. John the Baptizer Romanian Orthodox Church on Park Edwards Road on the morning of October 23.

Deputies responding to a burglar alarm found a torn window screen at the back of the church and chairs that had been knocked over. They also found lottery tickets and two empty packages of “CBD gummies,” which is a candy that uses a compound found in marijuana.

On Monday the twins were charged with possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, drug possession, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to the report, the charges came about after a warrantless search at the home initiated by officers with Probation and Parole that followed a probation violation.

A loaded shotgun was found on the bed in one room. A bag of shells was found in a crawl space, and other shells were found beneath a comforter.

Four bongs were found in the home, along with 28.7 grams of marijuana in a baggie, and 18.59 grams of marijuana in a glass jar.

Digital scales and a marijuana grinder were also found, according to the report.

Bond for Thomas Rudd is now $9000. Bond for Christopher Rudd is $14,500.

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