Man charged in church burglary

Published 6:35 pm Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Suffolk police arrested a North Carolina man in the burglary of a church on Tuesday.



Emergency Communications received a call about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday about a suspicious white male who had gotten out of a vehicle in the 700 block of Manning Road, walked into the woods, then walked out of the woods toward Holland Road, according to a city press release. Police investigated and found that someone had forced entry into the Family Harvest Church in the 700 block of Manning Road.

Using a description of the vehicle, the suspect was located and interviewed at police headquarters.

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Jordan Andrew Hyatt, 25, of Corapeake, is charged with entering property of another for the purpose of damaging it, destruction of property and trespassing. The incident is still under investigation, and additional charges are pending.

The church also had three air-conditioning units stolen last month. Pastor Win Anderson said then that the church has “forgiven the thieves and would like to invite them to any of our services, where we will be sure to introduce them to something better than a life on the run.” He said the church stepped up its security measures after that theft.