More Church Burglaries Worry Tate and Marshall County Communities

| April 4, 2012

(Tate County, MS) A total of 11 burglaries into churches near the Tate and Marshall County line have investigators and all community churches on high alert.

In the last month and a half, seven Marshall County churches and four Tate County churches have all been broken into. Some of them had valuable items stolen, like laptops, flat screen TVs, and even X Box consoles from the youth rooms.

“How anyone can do that with a clear conscience at all and be able to sleep at night just amazes me to no end,” said James Wilson, the minister of youth and education at Mt. Zion Baptist Church.

Wilson said when he first heard of the break-in, he imagined broken glass and busted doors. Instead, he found almost no sign of intrusion. Only upon close inspection did he find doors had been pried open with tools like a crowbar.

About $3,000 to $4,000 worth of equipment was stolen from Mt. Zion Baptist. It’s the latest burglary of the four that have occurred in Tate County.

Seven burglaries in Marshall County are keeping investigators there busy as well. The two counties are now working together, and the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

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