Church Burglary Thwarted

By: WSAZ News Staff; Andrew Colegrove Email
By: WSAZ News Staff; Andrew Colegrove Email

JOHNSON COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) – Two people face possible charges following an attempted burglary at a church in Johnson County.

The Sheriff’s Office says they received an anonymous call Saturday night concerning suspicious activity at the East Side Freewill Baptist Church in Thelma.

The caller said that two men were walking around the church and possibly attempting to break in.

"We're a close-knit family and community,” church member Gerald Meek, who lives behind the church, said. “We know who's supposed to be here and who’s not.”

Sheriff Dwayne Price says when a constable arrived at the scene he found that the suspects had taken off on foot, but had left behind their SUV.

The pastor of the church also came to the scene after hearing about the attempted burglary. The constable asked him to remain at the SUV while he searched for the suspects.

The suspects were able to get away on foot, but the sheriff's department was able to seize the vehicle.

The sheriff says before the men took off they had cut the hoses on the church’s air conditioning unit hoses in an attempt to steal it.

"There's nothing wrong with being nosy,” local constable Bob Hyden said. “Look around at what's going on in your community. It helps a lot.”

No arrests have been made yet.

Sheriff Price says the two men will face charges of Criminal Mischief and Attempted Theft By Unlawful Taking more than $500. They will also be asked to make restitution to the church.

Their names are being withheld pending a grand jury indictment.

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