Mobile County deputies have made an arrest in the investigation of a church that was broken into and vandalized over Memorial Day weekend.
According to the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office, Wilmer United Methodist Church was burglarized sometime between May 28 and May 30, when church employees found messages like “Die,” “666” and “God is dead” written in black spray paint in several rooms.
On Monday, MCSO announced that 18-year-old Troy Albert Hall had been arrested on charges of second-degree burglary after confessing to being “one of the ones to cause damage to the church.”
MCSO detectives say that there is a juvenile who was also involved, adding that new information would be made available to the public later this week.
Based on statements from the Rev. Kathy Fisher, Hall and his accomplice(s) entered every room, destroying items and spray painting on walls.
In total, Fisher told police the incident caused an estimated $25,000 worth of damage, plus an additional $150.00 that was taken from an offering envelope.
“This case was solved because of the eagerness on the part of the community to provide information to our detectives,” Sheriff Sam Cochran said in a statement on Monday. “Then it just becomes good investigation work on the part of our detectives.”
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