The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

March 12, 2014

Thou shalt not steal

3 plead guilty to church burglaries

By Joe Pinchot
Herald Staff Writer

NORTHERN MERCER COUNTY — Three people accused in four rural church burglaries have entered guilty pleas admitting their involvement.

Trevor W. Bromley, 27, and Kayla M. Davis, 26, both of 44 1/2 Clarksville St., Greenville, and Daniel J. Griggs, 21, of Hartstown, each pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary, consolidating the charges in four cases.

Each count is a second-degree felony punishable by up to 5 to 10 years in prison.

Bromley entered his plea Monday and Davis and Griggs on March 4.

The trio admitted participating in the burglaries of:

• Jerusalem Christian Church, 560 Donation Road, Otter Creek Township, on Aug. 15, when they stole two televisions, an electric guitar, a computer, a computer monitor, a video camera, an ear set, a microphone and an audio transmitter. A door was pried open.

• Harvest Baptist Church, 516 E. Jamestown Road, Greene Township, on Oct. 19, when they stole about $60, an electric guitar, a mandolin, a boom box and a lock box containing cash. A rear door was left unopened.

• Clarks Mills United Methodist Church, 3813 Hadley Road, Perry Township, on Oct. 30, when they stole two computers, a camera, three packs of batteries, $100, a global position unit and Ugandan currency. A rear door was unlocked.

• Crossroads Christian Church, 805 Vernon Road, West Salem Township, on Oct. 20, when they stole a gift card and a camera. A door was unlocked.

Davis would drop off Bromley and Griggs, who would enter the churches, and Davis would pick them up later after Bromley called and said they were ready to go, police said.

Griggs would sell the items through a Facebook page or trade them for drugs in the Shenango Valley, police said.

Police searched the Bromley/Davis home on Oct. 30 and found some of the stolen items. All three are heroin addicts, police said.

The trio was discovered Oct. 30 when a neighbor saw flashlights inside the Clarks Mills church and called police. State police responded and asked for backup from Greenville-West Salem Township and Hempfield Township police.

Bromley and Griggs tried to leave the church, but went back inside when they saw police, and used a crow bar to smash a window on the other side of the church, police said.

Griggs was arrested after being chased, while Bromley escaped. He was arrested later in the day.

Davis was arrested after she was found in a parking lot about a mile away, police said.

All three made varying degrees of admissions and implicated each other.

The trio will be sentenced April 25 before Mercer County Common Pleas Court Judge Thomas R. Dobson.