Police say duo caught red-handed burglarizing church, confess to nearly a dozen across Missouri and Arkansas

Published: Jan. 25, 2019 at 6:00 PM CST
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Two men are behind bars tonight after a rash of church burglaries in Missouri and Arkansas.

18-year-old Johnathon Bayles and 20-year-old Jacob Cummings each face 10 charges of second degree burglary.

The Oregon County Sheriff's Office started getting calls of churches being broken into on the 9th of January.

That day reports came in from Byrd, Norman and Cotton Creek Churches.

Then just four days later, five more reports of church break-ins.

This time it was Many Springs, Dell Half, Rose Hill, Lulu, and Evening Light Message Churches.

The member of a church in Many Springs, Mo. tells us that the front door had been kicked-in, and that the building had been rummaged through and messed up a little bit, but only candy was taken.

The next day a feed store in Myrtle, Missouri, reported a break-in. That store is not far from Center Point Church, which was also burglarized.

Then investigators got a break.

On the night of January 16th, the Oregon County Sheriff's Office received a call about a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot at the Riverton Baptist Church. When they arrived they noticed the church had been broken into.

Officers say they heard a noise come from inside the church and soon after, Cummings and Bayles came out with their hands in the air.

Court records say the two admitted to breaking into the churches across Oregon County, including one in Walnut Grove, Arkansas.

Investigators say the men made off with a tablet, laptop, flashlights, a bank bag and candy from several churches.

They're also accused of stealing a chainsaw from a feed store.

They are currently being held in the Oregon County Jail on $35,000 bond.

No court date has been set.