2 Arrested For Burglarizing Church

By: Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office Email
By: Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office Email

News Release: Wakulla County Sheriff's Office

Wakulla, Fla. -- Two Crawfordville men were caught in the act of committing a burglary at a Medart church Sunday, Feb. 2 at 4 a.m., according to Wakulla County Sheriff Charlie Creel.

Tyler Dylan Trice, 20, and Dewin Jeamel Velez-Alvarez, 21, were each charged with two counts of burglary, possession of burglary tools, vehicle theft, two counts of criminal mischief and two counts of larceny in the case.

The two men are accused of entering Medart Assembly of God on Feb. 2 and removing items from the church. WCSO detectives also connected Trice and Velez-Alvarez to a second burglary on Jan. 30 that involved the Promised Land Ministry Thrift store in Crawfordville.
A concerned citizen contacted the WCSO about a potential burglary occurring at Medart Assembly of God. Deputy Mike Zimba responded and observed two male subjects dressed in military camouflage hiding in the bushes at the nearby Lake Ellen Baptist Church.

Deputy Zimba took the subjects into custody and observed a long screwdriver which was seized as evidence as well as guitar strings, microphones and chocolate candy, property suspected to be owned by the Medart Assembly of God. The two subjects also possessed two-way radios when they were arrested. Two bicycles used to transport the two men from one church to the other were also discovered on the scene.

Deputy Gibby Gibson and Deputy Zimba responded to Medart Assembly of God and discovered a forced entry into the church and a church van that had windows open and was left unsecured.
Missing items from the church included speakers, an amplifier, computer equipment, camcorder, electronic games, two guitars and chocolate candies.

Both subjects admitting taking the items from the church and using the church van to transport the items to a vacant home on Emmett Whaley Road in Medart where the items were being stored.

All of the stolen items from the church were recovered from the location and returned to the church. The stolen items are valued at $1,800. Damage to the church doors and locks is estimated at $1,200.

During the interview process with Detective Derek Lawhon, the two subjects also confessed to an unrelated burglary of the Promise Land Ministries Thrift Shop which occurred on Thursday, Jan. 30. A safe with a small amount of cash, a watch and two bicycles were taken from the thrift store at the time. The two men were charged with burglary, grand theft and criminal mischief in connection with the thrift shop case.

They two men are being held in the Wakulla County Jail with no bond.
In addition to Deputy Zimba, Deputy Gibson and Detective Lawhon, Deputy Ross Hasty, Deputy Scott Powell, Deputy Billy Metcalf, Lt. Mike Kemp and Sgt. Ryan Muse investigated.

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