Two Men Accused Of Breaking Into South Charlotte School To Steal Cancer Research Donations

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Police arrested two men for breaking into an elementary school in south Charlotte.  Cops were called to the building in reference to an alarm.

Investigators say Eric Matthews and Christopher Parks were found hiding inside the school. Police are still searching for a third suspect that ran from the school.

Detectives say the suspects were trying to steal money collected by a school-wide fundraiser called “Pasta for Pennies”.  The money had been collected by the students for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to support cancer research.

The kindergarten class who collected the most money was set to receive a pasta party from Olive Garden.  However, the school now fears that the loss of donations will delay the party.

Police say the school was damaged as well.  The suspects are accused of breaking the glass out of multiple office doors in order to get into the locked offices.

Matthews has been charged with felony breaking and entering, larceny, conspiracy and possession of stolen property.  Parks has been charged with felony breaking and entering, larceny and conspiracy.