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UPDATE: Two Men Charged in Connection with Catlettsburg Burglaries

By: Olivia Fecteau; WSAZ News Staff Email
By: Olivia Fecteau; WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 8/19/13 @ 5:40 p.m.
BOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Boyd County Sheriff’s deputies have charged two men in connection with a second burglary at a church in Catlettsburg.

Deputy Jim Stamper said Aaron Stevens and Charles Mauk have been charged with receiving stolen property under $10,000, and more charges are pending.

Previously, Mauk had been charged with breaking into a home along Durbin Road in Catlettsburg, while Stevens had been charged with breaking into that home and two churches on the same road, Durbin Independent Baptist Church and the Cyrus Chapel Methodist Church. Deputies say these break-ins happened on the weekend of July 26.

A second burglary happened the following weekend. Stamper said a day later, Stevens was arrested for the first set of burglaries.

Both men are in custody at the Boyd County Detention Center.

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UPDATE 8/4/13 @ 6:05 p.m.
BOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) – After the second burglary at their small church in one week, a pastor and his congregation are shocked that someone would steal from a place they consider sacred.

“Just kind of shocked to think that somebody would rob a church of all places,” Kyle Vanover, the pastor at Cyrus Chapel United Methodist Church in Catlettsburg, said.

Vanover said the first time the church was broken into, on the weekend of July 26, there was no sign of forced entry. Deputies arrested one man, Aaron Stevens of Catlettsburg, in connection with the first burglary and another burglary at a church down the road.

“We figured somebody had to have had a key,” Vanover said.

After that break-in, Vanover said members of his small congregation were very concerned.

“People have called me this week, saying, ‘What happens if somebody brings guns to the church to rob us while we're here?’” Vanover said.

Some of the items stolen during the first burglary included cans of pop, a computer printer, silverware, spare change and a gift card. The second time, though, deputies said someone broke down the back door to get inside. Vanover said the burglar or burglars stole a sound system and speakers from the sanctuary.

But Vanover’s wife and another woman who goes to the church decided after the first burglary that they needed to take steps to protect their property.

“My wife and one of the other ladies in the church said, ‘What if they come back? What if they don't catch them before they come back and they want the sound system when they come back?’” Vanover said. “So we went around the church and took pictures of just about everything."

They also replaced the locks on all three doors, since it appeared the first burglary was not forced. Vanover said it cost them approximately $60.

“We'll have to look into a camera or something around here, I guess. Kind of sad,” Vanover said.

Stevens, who has been charged with three counts of burglary for breaking into the two churches and a home just down the road, is lodged at the Boyd County Detention Center.

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BOYD COUNTY, Ky (WSAZ) -- Deputies in Boyd County, Kentucky caught two men they say broke into a home.

It happened on Durbin Road in Cattlettsburg.

Aaraon Stevens and Charles Mauk were arrested.

Deputies say they busted through the back patio door of the home and stole money, tools and a gun.

Kara Williams has been charged with receiving some of the stolen items.

Deputies also say, just this past week, Stevens broke into two churches along the same road.

Guitars and other items were stolen from Durbin Independent Baptist Church and the Cyrus Chapel Methodist Church.

Stevens, Mauk and Williams are all in the Boyd County Detention Center.

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