Five guitars, amplifiers, a monitor and recording equipment were among the electronics recovered from a CR 3505 location. They were stolen during at least two break-ins at North Liberty Baptist Church. Two juveniles have been taken into custody on two charges each of burglary of a building.
Staff Photo By Faith Huffman

Juveniles detained in church thefts

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

August 12, 2008 - Two juveniles were being detained Tuesday morning for juvenile probation officials in connection with the theft of thousands of dollars worth of musical equipment from a church. The boys are alleged to have taken the items at two different times from North Liberty Baptist Church.

A guitar, a microphone receiver for a recorder and an amplifier were still unaccounted for but most of the other stolen equipment had been recovered.

The recovery of the items was the result of cooperative efforts between Hopkins County sheriff's investigators, Sulphur Springs Police Department and Special Crimes Unit investigators.

The electronics equipment and instruments were last seen at North Liberty Baptist Church Thursday. Most of the items were discovered missing Saturday. Six windows at the church were broken out and will have to be replaced.

Law enforcement began putting out information to local sources to be on the lookout for the musical equipment. They received a tip that a local resident was trying to sell the items. Acting on the tip, they received information that lead them to County Road 3505. They found many of the items they believed were reported stolen from the church as well as others. Two juveniles, friends, were taken into custody for burglary of a building.

The items were taken to the sheriff's office, where they were positively identified by church members as those stolen from the house of worship. They also identified other items, which had apparently been removed from the church Sunday night or Monday, as they were still at the church Sunday but apparently missing Tuesday morning.

Overall, the officers recovered at least five guitars, amplifiers, a monitor and music recorder. A few of the missing musical items had yet to be accounted for, but the investigation was ongoing Tuesday morning.

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