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November 1, 2013

Police: Church burglars were addicts

PERRY TOWNSHIP — Three heroin addicts have been arrested in connection with the break-in at a Clarks Mills church, and two of them implicated the trio in two or three other burglaries, state police said.

Trevor W. Bromley, 27, and Kayla M. Davis, 25, both of 44 1/2 Clarksville St., Greenville, and Daniel J. Griggs, 20, of Hartstown, have been charged with burglary, criminal trespass, theft and criminal mischief for Wednesday’s burglary at Clarks Mills United Methodist Church, 3813 Hadley Road, Perry Township, police said.

Police were called at 1:10 a.m. by a neighbor who believed someone with a flashlight was in the church, police said. Police found the back door propped open with a brick and requested that neighboring departments respond.

Police were waiting for backup when someone came out of the back door, apparently saw police, and went back in, police said.

While police were standing watch at the doors, Griggs and Bromley busted a window and ran, police said. Griggs was caught hiding in weeds, police said.

Griggs identified Bromley, and said Davis, Bromley’s fiancé, was their driver, police said.

Greenville-West Salem Township police arrested Davis less than a mile away.

Griggs said he and Bromley found the back door came open when they pulled on it, and pried open five interior doors and two filing cabinets with a pry bar or screwdriver, police said.

They stole two computers, a camera, three packs of batteries, $100, a global position system unit and English and Ugandan currency, police said.

Some of the items were dropped in the church, police said.

Griggs admitted the trio had committed two other burglaries, and Davis admitted three, although no charges have been filed in those cases, police said.

Griggs also said the three are heroin addicts who needed money, police said.

The trio was arraigned by District Judge Lorinda L. Hinch, Mercer, and taken to jail for failing to post bond. A preliminary hearing was set for 9:45 a.m. next Thursday.


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