Two men charged with church thefts in Georgia…

March 18, 2011 -Kingsland Georgia police have charged two men with burglarizing three churches in two days.

Edward Stanley Gilbert, 20, and Lloyd Odis Sams, 19, both of Kingsland, each face three counts of felony burglary, said Lt. Todd Tetterton, police department spokesman.
When arrested, the suspects had been free on bail on charges stemming from another theft case, Tetterton said.

Both remained in custody at the Camden County jail on Thursday.

Gilbert and Sams are charged with stealing a variety of items including canned food, prepackaged juice drinks, hot chocolate mix, a portable clock radio and a small lock box-style safe after breaking into churches.

Kingsland patrol officers on duty in the area developed information Wednesday that led detective Brian Aligood to identify Gilbert and Sams as possible suspects in the break-ins. Aligood subsequently interviewed the men at their home.

After arresting the men, Aligood recovered several items including a lock box, radio and a cart the owners identified as items taken from the churches, Tetterton said.

Man gets 8 years in prison for church arson

February 23, 2011 : Daniel Lynn Parton pleaded guilty to second-degree arson in the burning of the historic Cedar Grove AME Church.  He also pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree burglary.

The judge sentenced Daniel Lynn Parton  to eight years on all counts, with the sentences to be served concurrently.  Parton offered no apology.

Four teenagers charged in connection church arson….

February 10, 2011 –

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. — Arson and weapons-related charges were filed Monday against four Poplar Bluff teenagers accused of throwing Molotov cocktails into a local church and then setting the church on fire when the devices didn’t work.

Robert Benjamin Rushin, 18; Andrew Storm McClure, 19; Zachary Edward Surque, 18; and Dylan W. Causbie, 17, were charged with second-degree arson and unlawful use of a weapon by Butler County Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Barbour. The teens’ bonds were set at $50,000.

$50K stolen from Community Bible Church….

February 2011: The Community Bible Church located in Mira Mesa, California was the recent victim of burglary of more than $50,000 in church offerings and around $20,00o in computers and audio visual sound equipment according to police.  It is believe that the thieves gained entranced into church office by  shattering the glass doors.  No suspects have been taken into custody. Question:  Did Community Bible Church have an alarm system installed being monitored by a central station?  Was the church offering secured in a safe, bolted to the ground, locked inside a secure alarm room?  If not, why not?  Did Community Bible Church know the Threat, Vulnerability and Risk facing their church?  Was a Threat, Vulnerability and Risk Assessment ever conducted of the church?  Has your church conducted a TVR Assessment?  Call us today to setup your TVR Assessment!

Woman charged with church arson…

LOUISA, VA – January 25, 2011:  A 51-year-old Louisa County woman is facing felony arson charges  in connection to a string of fires in the county, including St. John Baptist Church in Minera.  Felicia Armstrong of Mineral is charged with one count of felony arson for starting three fires at the church and breaking and entering to start two of the fires inside the building, Renalds said.

Armstrong is being held at Central Virginia Regional Jail under a $10,000 bond.  She was scheduled to appear in Louisa County General District Court today.

Man charged with torching First Baptist Church

New York- Jnuary 13, 2011:

Witness reported seeing Michael Allen of Walton running away from the burning First Baptist Church in his hometown early Tuesday morning. When firefighters and police arrived, they found the church fully engulfed in flames.

Firefighters from several volunteer companies had the blaze under control around 5 a.m. No one was injured.

Police Chief Brian Laauser says Allen was charged with arson. He was being held in the Delaware County jail on $30,000 cash bail. Laauser said he didn’t know if Allen had an attorney.

Officials say the church was built in the late 19th century.

7 churches burglarized in 7 days in Springfield

November 22, 2010 –

SPRINGFIELD — Springfield police says burglars have struck seven churches in seven days.

KVAL-TV reported police learned Saturday of the seventh such break-in. It happened at First Baptist Church and was the second time in a week that thieves hit that particular church.

Springfield Police spokesman Russ Boring said thieves are targeting churches in the early-morning hours. He said they force their way in, and take money and small electronics equipment.

“It’s surprising because usually the churches are the places that help the homeless and people that need help,” said Boring. “Usually if someone needs something, the church works very hard to get them the basics.”

First Church of the Nazarene and Twin Rivers Baptist Church have also been hit.

Youth counselor accused of burglarizing church

Deputies say a 19-year-old youth counselor broke into and stole money from his Port Charlotte church on September 6.

Jeremy Scott Walker, 19, was arrested Monday and charged with Burglary and Grand Theft.

According to a sheriff’s report, deputies on September 6 found the rear door of Palm Tabernacle Ministries at 390 Flamingo Blvd. in Port Charlotte open after receiving a call about a burglary at the church.

Once inside, deputies spotted a broken administrator’s door and filing cabinet that had been forced open in order to get a key to the church’s safe.

Deputies say the safe contained cash and checks which were stolen.

Investigators reportedly found fingerprints on a cash envelope in the safe and on a couch nearby.

When deputies reviewed surveillance footage from a church security camera, they spotted a white male wearing what appeared to be a mask and baggy T-shirt.

The church administrator and pastor told detectives the man in the video resembled Walker, a Port Charlotte High School student.

On September 8, Crime Scene technicians matched the fingerprints to Walker, the report said.

Detectives say the money was taken to purchase drugs.

Walker was arrested and then taken the Charlotte County Jail.

Pastor Sentenced For Lying About Church Arson

A former pastor will serve three years probation for lying to federal agents who investigated an arson at the Sunflower Missionary Baptist Church in Leavenworth.

39-year old Marvin Clay of Leavenworth pleaded guilty to one count of misprision of a felony. In his plea, he admitted that when he was interviewed by federal agents investigating an Oct. 31, 2008, fire at Sunflower Missionary Baptist Church, he concealed the fact he knew co-defendant Carva Lee White had set the fire.

Clay admitted that about a week before the fire, White described how he intended to start a fire at the church. Because the church had fire insurance, White told Clay, they could profit by finding a contractor who would inflate repair bids and pay them kickbacks.

On Nov. 1, 2008, Clay told agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives that he didn’t know who set the fire.

Last month, co-defendant Carva Lee White was sentenced to 150 months in federal prison.

Two women steal Sacramento County church’s Easter offerings….

April 5, 2010 – SACRAMENTO, CALIF. — Authorities say two women stole thousands of dollars from collection plates at an Easter church service in Sacramento.

The alleged theft took place around 11:20 a.m. Sunday. The Church of the Nazarene on Arden Way was packed for the Easter sermon.

The women were allegedly spotted in a church office but were gone before church officials were able to verify their identities. They allegedly took between $10,000 and $20,000. No arrests have been made.

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