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Church burglarized, suspect returns for bike

COW CREEK – A Magoffin County church was burglarized Thursday night time, with one of many suspects arrested when he got here again to get his bicycle.

On Friday, August 28, Cow Creek Church of God Pastor Arbadella Reed acquired a cellphone name from somebody who had heard her church had been damaged into. She and her son, Cory Cravens, went as much as the church, discovering it in disarray, however little or no lacking.

“The again door had been pried open, kicked in or no matter,” Reed mentioned. “The fridge door was open, and the microwave door was open. The chairs have been kicked over and there have been CDs laying on the again porch and I suppose the worst half is once we went in and seen the pulpit. Nearly every thing up there was destroyed – the PA system, mics and every thing. The lavatory lights have been on, heaters have been on. We received to wanting round and we come up the hill and a bicycle was laying down on the aspect of the highway, with one of many heaters and a part of the PA system was there beside the highway.”

Whereas Reed was visibly upset about what had occurred to the place of worship, she was extra involved concerning the individuals accountable for the break-in.

“It’s simply unhappy,” Reed mentioned. “More often than not we had helped all these individuals, however to me that is simply what medication do. What’s it going to show to take them to jail? How’s it going to assist them? It’s going to be one other case elsewhere. A dying – so many individuals are dying from overdoses and all this new drug that’s been shipped in right here. That is all due to a drug. It was any person that was out of their thoughts to do one thing like this.”

Regardless of the mess, the one factor that was taken from the church was a guitar. 

“They began with different issues, however they couldn’t carry and it’s unhappy that he got here to the church on a bicycle,” Reed mentioned.

Whereas the Magoffin County Sheriff Division was investigating the break-in, wanting on the bicycle left behind and the objects strung alongside church’s driveway, one of many suspects got here strolling up the hill.

“He was nonetheless excessive and speaking a mile a minute,” Reed mentioned. “So, they put him within the car and are going to e-book him.”

Deputy Jonathan Holbrook wrote within the police report that he was taking footage of things that have been scattered down the driveway to the church and Curtis S. James, 37, of Salyersville, walked up, picked up a can of pop and was across the bicycle that allegedly was used within the housebreaking.

“He hunkered down, attempting to cover from me, after which threw the pop can down,” Holbrook described within the arrest quotation.

James reportedly failed a area sobriety take a look at on website, and a witness gave an announcement that James was seen carrying objects belonging to the witness, valued at over $500. He was positioned underneath arrest and searched, at which era officers discovered a transparent bag containing Xanax and Gabapentin in his pockets.

James was taken to the Massive Sandy Regional Detention Heart, the place he stays at press time, charged with tampering with bodily proof, public intoxication – managed substance (excludes alcohol), receiving stolen property underneath $10,000, two counts of third-degree possession of a managed substance, and shopping for or possessing drug paraphernalia. 

“It doesn’t make sense,” Reed mentioned. “They only wrecked the place like they have been searching for nothing and didn’t know what they have been doing, actually. This has occurred to different individuals and different properties.”

She confirmed that one other particular person was concerned within the housebreaking, forsaking his shirt on a bush close to the church.

“It’s unhappy,” Reed mentioned, barely choked up. “Cory and I picked up rubbish for six hours yesterday. Twenty-eight baggage of rubbish, we picked up, simply to have cash throughout the winter months as a result of we’re a small church and most of the people we now have are aged.”

They participated within the PRIDE grant program, the place nonprofit organizations can decide up trash of their communities with the intention to obtain grant cash.

“Anyone sane wouldn’t do what was finished right here,” Reed mentioned. “We’ve had stuff stolen right here years in the past. They’d are available in right here and take an air conditioner or one thing, however by no means destroyed nothing. They’ve shot within the church three or 4 instances again years in the past. Now we have struggled, however that is only a minor factor. It may very well be worse.”

Reed mentioned she simply hopes they get the assistance they want.
“I pray that those that did it get assist as a result of apparently they need assistance. I actually really feel sorry for them, I actually do,” Reed mentioned. “The place will we begin? All we are able to do is pray. I’ll nonetheless pray for them.”

She mentioned she delivered meals to a minimum of one of many suspects the prior week. 

“However that’s okay,” Reed mentioned. “That’s our jobs as pastors, ministers and lay individuals, to assist the individuals, and I’ll proceed to assist.”

Editor’s Notice: The indictment or cost of an individual by a grand jury or in any other case is an accusation solely and that particular person is presumed harmless till and until confirmed responsible.


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