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13-year-old Arrested in Connection to Local Church Vandalism

By: WCSO Release
By: WCSO Release

Crawfordville, Florida - August 1, 2012 -

Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested a juvenile involved with the vandalism of Thessalonia Missionary Baptist Church in Crawfordville on July 27, according to Sheriff Donnie Crum.

On July 31, a 13-year-old Crawfordville juvenile was arrested and charged with two counts of burglary of a dwelling and felony criminal mischief related to the vandalism of the church.

The juvenile was also arrested and charged with two counts of burglary of an occupied structure and two counts of felony theft related to an incident unrelated to the church vandalism that occurred on Ann Circle.

Charges of burglary of a conveyance and petit theft were leveled in reference to a second incident that occurred at another Ann Circle residence. He was also arrested and charged with burglary and petit theft for a third incident at an Old Woodville Highway location.

When deputies investigated the church vandalism they observed a forced entry, two German Swastikas on the walls, food and ketchup splattered on walls and painter’s tape spread through the facility. Liquid soap, toilet paper and paper towels were also spread around the sanctuary.

Detectives learned that the juvenile went to an Ann Circle residence and removed a mountain bicycle, returned it and took it a second time the same day. The bike was recovered in a wooded area near the St. Marks Rail Trail.

A second bicycle was recovered at the bike trail location. The bikes were returned to their owners on Ann Circle and Old Woodville Highway.

In addition, the juvenile admitted entering an unlocked vehicle at a second address on Ann Circle and removing cigarettes, soft drinks and a bag of change from the vehicle. The value of the stolen items is less than $100. The value of the two bicycles is $100 and $80.

The juvenile was transported to the juvenile detention center in Tallahassee where he was later released to parents.

The case investigation continues. Detective Nick Boutwell and Detective Lorne Whaley investigated.


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