SKIPPERVILLE (TAB) — In the early morning hours March 24 a man broke into Morgan Baptist Church, Skipperville, claiming he was “hungry.” Andrew Payne Hartzog, 23, broke a window to get inside the building and piled frozen meats, canned goods, drinks, grits, ketchup, paper plates, cleaning supplies and other items into a garbage can and proceeded to drag the items back to his mother’s home in the community near County Road 64. According to deacon Ralph “Pete” Gassett, another church member who lived near the church ran after the burglar and caught him just before Dale County police officers arrived on the scene. Hartzog was arrested and charged with burglary third and theft of property third and taken to the Dale County Jail. He was later released on a $3,000 bond. All the stolen items were returned to the church and the window was replaced with a window left over from previous renovations, Gassett said.
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