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Teen charged with stealing church's money

Thursday, August 5, 2004

Staff Writer

Apparently not even the fear of God could stop burglars from stealing money June 24 from a Salem church. Maybe three felony charges from the prosecuting attorney's office will do the trick.

Eric W. Broyles, 18, has been charged with commercial burglary, a class C felony; theft of property, a class C felony; and criminal mischief in the first degree, a class C felony.

A second man has been charged in connection with the case but has not been arrested yet, said Salem Police Chief Al Roork.

The charges stem from a break-in at Immanuel Baptist Church.

According to the Salem Police, Broyles broke into the church and stole $500 from the youth ministry coffers.

Broyles and a companion gained entry into the church by breaking a window and climbing through it, according to authorities. The break-in caused $661.64 worth of damage to the window and the church's air-conditioning unit.

Broyles was arrested and taken to the Fulton County Sheriff's Office. His bond was set at $5,000. He posted bond the same day.

Broyles will be formally arraigned Aug. 2 in Fulton County Circuit Court.

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