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Church Burglaries Pop-Up In Another County

By: Marie Luby Email
By: Marie Luby Email

More church burglaries across eastern Kentucky.

Police have now arrested one person and are looking for several others in connection with at least four burglaries in Jackson County alone.

Monday night WYMT told you about church burglaries in Letcher and Perry Counties and now it seems the problem is more widespread.

WYMT spoke with officials who say they know who is behind at least some of the crimes.

Thou shalt not steal. Pastor Ron Hurst says he's praying for the people who broke the eighth commandment when they burglarized Warfork Holiness Church two weeks ago.

With at least eight recent church burglaries in three counties, Hurst says it's a disturbing trend.

“The world's in a bad condition when we have people doing these kinds of things,” Pastor Hurst said.

The burglars stole air conditioning units from four churches in Jackson County.

Sheriff Tim Fee says similarities like this helped him piece together the puzzle.

“I've gathered information, collected evidence that's come from each of these particular cases. that's how we're tying them all together,” Jackson County Sheriff Tim Fee said.

Last week sheriff's deputies arrested Christopher D. Grubb of Clay County and charged him with receiving stolen property.

Now Fee has warrants for four others in connection with the burglaries: Gerald Anderson, Charles D. Anderson and Tia Gilliland, all of Jackson County...and Roger D. Smith of Clay County.

Fee also believes a sixth person is involved and police are trying to find out if more crimes are connected to the suspects.

Fee says he doesn't know whether the suspects have any involvement the church burglaries in other parts of the region...but he's not ruling that out.

If you have any information on the burglaries or suspects... you should call police.


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