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Suspect questioned in string of Hawkins County church burglaries

September 21st, 2009 12:00 am by Jeff Bobo


ROGERSVILLE — Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office investigators have questioned at least one suspect and are looking into other “persons of interest” in the 23 church burglaries that have been reported since Friday, including two churches that were hit twice.


According to reports released Monday, 11 church burglaries were discovered Friday in Hawkins County, and another 12 were discovered Sunday.


On Monday, the HCSO released the names of all the churches, as well as the damage caused and what, if anything, was taken in each incident.


One of the two churches hit twice was McPheeters Bend Baptist Church, 430 McPheeters Bend Road, Church Hill, which was discovered Friday with fresh pry marks on the lower level entry door. Sunday morning about 4 a.m. the church’s burglar alarm sounded, and the responding deputy found pry marks on a side door. Nothing was reported missing in either incident.


The other church hit both Friday and Sunday was Keplar Missionary Baptist Church, 1921 Burem Road, Rogersville. Friday the church reported $500 damage to a door and window and a $400 safe stolen. Sunday that church reported $300 damage to double entry doors and a $100 DVD player missing.


The only major damage was discovered Sunday at Cave Springs Missionary Baptist Church, 1391 Cave Springs Road, Rogersville, which reported a total of $1,890 in damage to metal entry doors, a custom-made oak and stained glass entry door, and two interior doors.


Sheriff Roger Christian said investigators are still following leads, but he is asking anyone with information about any of the church burglaries to call his department at 272-4848.


Among the other church burglaries reported Friday were:


• Mount Olive Bible Church, 900 Christians Bend Road, Church Hill, which reported $300 damage to double doors.


• Christians Bend First Baptist Church, 1438 Christians Bend Road, which reported $175 damage to a side door.


• Longs Bend Baptist Church, 217 Church Road, Surgoinsville, which reported $575 damage to two exterior doors and three interior doors, as well as $100 damage to a safe that had its door pried off.


• Honey Cut Baptist Church, 300 Honey Cut Road, Rogersville, which reported $175 damage to a door and lock.


• Fisher Creek Baptist Church, 165 Fisher Creek Road, Rogersville, which reported $200 damage to a door.


• Ridgeview Baptist Church, 234 Hurd Road, Church Hill, which reported $225 in broken windows, a $100 safe and an unknown amount of cash.


• Grange Hall Methodist Church, 5373 Carters Valley Road, Church Hill, which reported $175 damage to a door.


• Lone Oak Baptist Church, 1102 Carters Valley Road, Surgoinsville, which reported $257 damage to a door, window and screen.


• Emmanuel Fellowship, 975 AFG Road, Church Hill, which reported $175 damage to a door and $25 cash.


Among the church burglaries reported Sunday were:


• Beech Creek Missionary Baptist Church, 3035 Beech Creek Road, Rogersville, which reported $175 damage to a door.


• Burem Missionary Church, 1324 Burem Road, Rogersville, which reported $175 damage to a door.


• Okolona United Methodist Church, 4215 Stanley Valley Road, Church Hill, which reported $175 damage to a door.


• Shady Grove Missionary Baptist Church, 920 Old Stage Road, Rogersville, which reported $325 damage to a door and window and a $50 CD player missing.


• Jenkins Chapel Primitive Baptist Church, 4121 Stanley Valley Road, Surgoinsville, which reported $175 damage to a door.


• Long Hollow Primitive Baptist Church, 1803 Stanley Valley Road, Surgoinsville, which reported pry marks on a door but no monetary damage.


• New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, Burem Road, Rogersville, which reported $300 damage to a door.


• Spires Chapel Church, 2062 Route 70-N, Rogersville, which reported $200 damage to a door.


• McKinney Chapel Church, 1317 McKinney Chapel Road, Rogersville, which reported $100 damage to two doors.


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