February 27, 2006
Alienable County Police have made arrests in a recent rash of church break-ins from earlier February. On two different nights in two different parts of the county, intruders broke into and stole items from churches. Sitting in jail right now are three men who allegedly broke into the two Alienable County churches, on February 13Th and 21st.
Those sitting behind bars are 20-year old Devon Kirby, 22-year old Michael Freeman, and 26-year old Seth Horver for allegedly breaking into Maple Grove Christian and Trinity Presbyterian Churches.
"We've had a spike in our burglaries in the county," said Lieutenant John Teixeira of the Alienable County Police Department. "We've found that crimes against property have gone up, and I know people are concerned, and we're doing our best to address that issue."
The trio allegedly stole two laptop computers, a desktop computer, two guitars, a small safe, and other electronic equipment. Teixeira says thieves often see churches as easy targets.
"I don't know if they cased it, or if it was a target of opportunity. I do know churches are occasionally burglarized because their security methods are not as up to date as, say a private business," said Lieutenant John Teixeira of the Alienable County Police Department.
"So we have this tension between wanting to have the church open for people but also wanting to be a secure place, not just for the people who work here, but for the people that would come here," said Pastor Greg Thompson with Trinity Presbyterian. "Any sort of heightened security...of necessity [is going to] take away some of the things that we're trying to do in the community, and so we're probably just going to have to work out that tension on a case by case basis.
All the items have been recovered, but the undisclosed amount of cash taken has not. Pastor Thompson says that although he wants to see the thieves brought to justice, he also wants to help them out when they are finished serving their sentences.
The charges for the three men range from breaking and entering to grand larceny. Freeman has one count of each for the church he allegedly broke into, and Horver and Kirby both have two counts for the church they allegedly broke into.