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UPDATE: Four Arrested in Ashland Church Burglary


UPDATE 10/29/13 .
ASHLAND, Ky. (WSAZ) –Three young men and a 16-year-old have been arrested and charged with a church burglary in Ashland.

The burglary happened at the South Ashland United Methodist Church on October 11.

The thieves stole sound equipment and a safe containing paperwork and cash. They also found keys to the church van and used it to complete their heist.

"They did pull off our signs (from the side of the van) so people would not notice," Associate Pastor Bob Sweeney said.

Sweeney says it also appears they returned, presumably to steal more stuff, but they wrecked into a post by the church.

Police arrested Kyle Lanham, 22, of Ashland, Kody Robles, 18, of Ashland, Anthony Childers, 19, of Ashland, and a 16-year-old male.

Lanham and Robles are charged with burglary, criminal mischief and unauthorized use of a vehicle.

Childers is charged with burglary, while the juvenile is charged with receiving stolen property.

Police say surveillance video helped make the arrests.

Police also say the safe was recovered, but its contents were removed.

Lanham and Robles remain in the Boyd County Detention Center.



ORIGINAL STORY 10/15/13
ASHLAND, Ky. (WSAZ) -- They say the Lord will come like a thief in the night.

The congregation at South Ashland United Methodist Church would have just as soon not been so familiar with the latter part of that metaphor.

Thieves broke in Thursday night and stole sound equipment and a safe containing paperwork and cash.

"It was distressing to think someone would take advantage of the church that way and vandalize and steal things that are costly to replace," Director of Worship Bev Moore said.

The crooks also found keys to the church van and used it to complete their heist.

"They did pull off our signs (from the side of the van) so people would not notice," Associate Pastor Bob Sweeney said.

Then Sweeney says it appears they returned, presumably to steal more stuff, but they wrecked into a post by the church.

"If you've never driven a big van like that, you'll not know to swing away from stuff," Sweeney said

The damage can be repaired, the stolen items replaced, security has already been increased, but Sweeney says more than anything, they’d like to see the suspects repent.

"What we're hoping is the Lord convicts them of what they've done, repent, and come to a saving knowledge of Christ," he said.

Tuesday neighbors found the safe discarded in the woods on Woodland Avenue.

Police were able to get fingerprints off it and do have some leads.


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