Second suspect arrested in Calhoun County church burglaries

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABIRMINGHAM (TAB) — Four Alabama Baptist churches were broken into March 3 in Calhoun County, but two men have since been arrested in connection with the crimes.

James Eric Williams Jr. and Alex Michael Williams were arrested and face multiple charges.

Oak Grove Baptist Church, Glencoe; Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, Jacksonville; Angel Grove Baptist Church, Jacksonville; and Shiloh Baptist Church, Wellington, were broken into by way of forced entry, according to video and other evidence.

A safe, guitar, television, laptops, camcorders, projectors and other items were stolen but many of them were recovered.

James Eric Williams Jr. is being held on a $46,000 bond in the Calhoun County Jail after being arrested March 10 and is charged with possession of marijuana in the second degree and four counts of third degree burglary. Alex Michael Williams was arrested within 24 hours of the crimes by using finger print technology.

The burglars were found and arrested quickly in part because the churches were prepared and had security measures in place.

Look for a story on church security in an upcoming issue of The Alabama Baptist.

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