PALM CITY — Car burglars attempted to break into cars belonging to two ministers Tuesday morning, according to records.
The crime happened at Palm City Presbyterian Church in the 2700 block of Martin Highway about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to affidavits by the Martin County Sheriff’s Office. According to the church’s website and the affidavits, the cars were owned by staff members at the church.
Witnesses told deputies they watched one of the suspects, Evvard Rouse, 20, tampering with the door of a car parked at the church. When the witnesses stepped outside to confront Rouse, he got into a gray Chevrolet, which fled the parking lot, the affidavit states. Another motorist followed the Chevrolet to Interstate 95 and notified the Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies stopped the Chevrolet, driven by Brittaney Wallace, 21, of Jacksonville, south of a rest stop on southbound I-95. Both Wallace and Rouse were charged with two counts of burglary and possession of burglary tools.
Rouse, who provided no address to deputies, was being held at the Martin County Jail without bail. Wallace, who was also charged with possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia, was being held in lieu of $20,400 bail. Deputies said they found cocaine in the Chevrolet.
Category: Church Security