UPDATE: Woman Accused of Burglaries Arrested

By: Brooks Jarosz, Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Brooks Jarosz, Cathleen Moxley Email

UPDATE: 4/21/13
LINCOLN COUNTY, W.Va (WSAZ) -- A woman is behind bars accused of breaking into at least two homes in the Branchland area of Lincoln County.

Troopers arrested Stephanie Torres after recovering thousands of dollars worth of stolen items including an ATV, jewelery, laptops, tools, a video game system and a Kindle tablet.

Right now, troopers have only charged her in connection with two of the recently burglaries and break-ins in Branchland. The have not charged her in connection with the church break-in.

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BRANCHLAND, W.Va. (WSAZ) – State Police are dealing with several break-ins this week in the Branchland area of Lincoln County, including one at a church.

Troopers say at least on burglar ripped the door off Mildred United Baptist Church and then ransacked it.

The thief got away with about one $1,000 worth of stolen items, and left behind about $1,500 worth of damage.

All of that aside: members there say they just don't understand how someone could burglarize a place they see as sacred.

“Whoever did this; it won't be long before they're found and they'll have to answer to police and later they'll have to answer to God,” Bill Carpenter, a church member, said.

State police are investigating to see if the church break-in is connected to a couple of homes that were broken into in the same area.

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