Arrests made for burglary, vandalism at Clarksburg Baptist

Arrests have been made in connection with the Clarksburg Baptist Church burglary and vandalism on Wednesday, Nov. 28.

According to reports, the Clarksburg City Police were notified on Thursday, Nov. 29, of incidents of burglary and vandalism at the Clarksburg Baptist Church.

The investigating officer determined the church facility had been broken into and the church van vandalized.

The only item found missing from the church was a camera. The 1998 Chevrolet Express van, on the other hand, sustained serious damage from an apparent attempt at theft. The lock on the drivers side door was punched out, the steering column taken apart and the ignition pried on. In addition, the windows were broken out and the tires slashed.

The damage estimate to the van came to $2,269.37.

According to Court documents, area residents are alleged to have informed the investigating officer of three "boys walking around town at lot" and suggested they might be involved. The officer was also allegedly informed that on the night of the burglary and vandalism, a small dark colored car was seen following a four-wheeler in the town.

Charges were filed against all three suspects following individual questioning of each by investigators.

Edward Maxwell Stanfield, Skylar Dameron and Archie Knox, all 17, were charged on Friday, Nov. 30, with Class C Felony Second Degree Burglary, Class D Felony First Degree Property Damage and Class C Felony First Degree Tampering with a Motor Vehicle.

All three are alleged to have admitted some participation in the burglary and vandalism at the church, and of an additional break-in at a shed with the theft of a four-wheeler and a drill.

Acting on information received from the suspects, the four-wheeler was recovered in a field hidden behind weeds near a brush pile about four miles west of Clarksburg and the camera was found in a creek about two miles east of the town. The drill was reported not recovered.

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