3 Youths Arrested for Church Vandalisms, in Drew & Chicot CountiesFebruary 5th, 2013 by Joe Burgess
Three southeast Arkansas juvenile males, age 15-16, have been arrested, and will likely be charged with the vandalism of Bethel Temple Church, located near HWY 165 at Jerome, and Oak Grove Freewill Baptist Church on HWY 144, near Lake Village.
Bethel Temple was entered, and several items inside of the church were broken or destroyed.
Oak Grove Church had music equipment vandalized, windows broken out of church van, 9 area mailboxes, and a nearby car window destroyed.
According to the Drew County Sheriff’s Dept., all three juveniles have admitted to the crimes, been taken into custody, and transported to White River Correctional Facility for Juveniles. Alcohol was reportedly involved.
The three teenagers are Chicot County residents, and were taken into custody by the Chicot County Sheriff’s Dept., who worked with DCSO to put the separate cases together.
The total damages are expected to total around $3,000 – $4,000, with the boys being charged with Breaking and Entering, Criminal Mischief, and Minors in Possession of Alcohol.
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