UPDATE: Decatur Police Make Additional Arrests in Church Burglaries
LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – The Decatur Police Department has made two additional arrests in connection with multiple church burglaries.
18-year-old Tyler Lee Summers and a 17-year-old juvenile were arrested Saturday. Decatur Police charged Summers with three counts of burglary in the 3rd degree.
Decatur Police arrested 19-year-old Jacob Ryan Pigman of Trinity on Friday and charged him with three counts of burglary in the 3rd degree.
Police believe Pigman and others are responsible for burglaries at the following churches:
- Fairview Baptist Church – 4511 Danville Rd SW
- St. Andrews Presbyterian Church – 3310 Danville Rd SW
- Cedar Ridge Baptist Church – 2612 Modaus Rd SW
The arrest came after a joint investigation between Decatur and Trinity Police Departments; as well as Morgan County and Limestone County Sheriff’s Offices.
On Friday, the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office released surveillance footage from a burglary at a church in Trinity that occurred on December 22.
Decatur Police say there are other suspects still at large and investigators from multiple agencies are attempting to locate them.
Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely said, “These churches have been mostly ransacked with inner doors kicked in – they are apparently looking for money.”
Round Island Baptist Church on Brown’s Ferry Road in Athens was one of those hit in Limestone County.
Associate pastor Daryl Brooks said vandals threw a cinder block through a door to gain access and then rifled through several offices and pried open filing cabinets. Brooks said the vandals passed up expensive equipment – computers and sound systems – but left the church in quite a mess.
Pigman will be held in the Decatur City Jail until the bond is set.