Two arrested in church burglary case



BETHEL TOWNSHIP — Two men have been arrested for their involvement with a series of church burglaries.

Working together with the Miami, Shelby, and Champaign County sheriff’s offices, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office identified two suspects believed to be responsible for a recent series of church burglaries in Bethel Township, Clark County.

On July 28, Clark County Sheriff detectives located and arrested Bryce Whitt of Troy and Andrew Baker of Saint Paris in connection with two reported burglaries to the Bethel Community Church of the Nazarene and the Medway United Methodist Church.

Whitt, 20, has been charged with one count of safe cracking and with breaking and entering. Baker, 20, has been charged with two counts of breaking and entering.

Detectives working together were able to develop potential suspects in a series of reported burglaries to churches in all four jurisdictions.

Items stolen during those reported burglaries included electronics, cash and assorted tools. Detectives have recovered some of the stolen property and will return the property to the churches at a later date.

During the reported burglary at the Medway United Methodist Church, vandalism was done to the main lobby, dining area, kitchen, administrative offices, food pantry storage area, children’s lobby, youth room and worship area of the church.

Three flat screen televisions and money from the church safe were reported missing from the Bethel Community Church of the Nazarene.

The investigation continues and additional criminal charges are anticipated when the case is presented to the Clark County Grand Jury.