Arrests Are Made In Connection With Church Burglaries

By: Dara Rees Email
By: Dara Rees Email

Two arrests are made in connection with recent church burglaries.

Some church members are now hoping to turn a bad situation into a good one.

The pastor of one those churches told us how his congregation is reaching out to the suspected burglars.

Over the weekend, police arrested 31 year old Michael Wayne Slone of the Kite community of Knott County and 20 year old Ricky Dean Ashley of the Busy community of Perry County in connection with the burglaries across our region.

Though many churches have been left empty handed, one church found a way to give back.

Police say the two men were arrested in connection with the burglaries in Knott, Perry, and Letcher Counties.

“Both of those individuals were charged with receiving stolen property,” Trooper Tony Watts said.

The Camp Branch Tabernacle Pentecostal Church was one of the burglarized churches.

Congregation members say that stereos and speakers were stolen and even doors left in disrepair.

“It's just one of those things that we grow by. We see how we deal with things like this,
Pastor Buddy Saxton said.

The church estimates they lost about $2,000 in stolen items.

Church members at Camp Branch are continuing to pray for the suspects involved with the rash of church burglaries.

“It's hard to pray for people that does things to you and does things wrong,” Sexton said.

One of the stolen guitars was recovered soon after the burglary, but the guitar's owner found a reason to give it back. The church member says a man unknowingly purchased a stolen guitar for his young son.

The woman contacted the boys family and told them it is better to give than to receive.. Presenting the boy with the guitar.

“It would be like Christ to do this because God gets the glory in these things. What was meant for evil will be turned into good,” A church member said.

The church member who did not want her identity revealed says it was more rewarding to see the young boy with the guitar.. that to have it for herself.


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