Hempstead County investigators have three suspects in custody in connection with four church related burglaries.
Hempstead County Sheriff James Singleton says investigators recovered property in at least three church related burglaries in Hempstead County and one in Nevada County. Singleton says detectives investigating the initial burglary at the Anderson Baptist Church parsonage discovered more property belonging to other churches.
Singleton says on Thursday around 9:00 p.m. investigators responded to a report of a possible break-in at the Calvary Baptist Church on West Avenue B in Hope. Deputies contacted Calvary Baptist Church Pastor Hal Dixon and they discovered that one of the church vans had been tampered with and were missing gasoline. Deputies say they found tool marks on the door of a storage building behind the church near a pavilion. Deputies say a set of speakers and a P.A. system had been stolen. Singleton says the Dixon came to the sheriff's office and identified the speakers and P.A. system that deputies had recovered. Investigators say there were also burglaries at Haynes Chapel Church near Shover Springs where cash had been taken and at Union Baptist Church in Nevada County where the burglars took sound equipment, placed it by the door but never came back for it.
Singleton says 19-year-old Glen Cole and 18-year-old Richard Clayborn who were already in custody for the Anderson Church parsonage burglary and 20-year-old Zachary Lewis were charged with the burglaries. All three are at the Hempstead County Detention Facility awaiting a first court appearance.
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