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Deputies break open church burglary cases

Three suspects are in custody of the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office as of 5:00 p.m. related to the multiple church burglaries and thefts in Lawrence County.  Lawrence County Deputies have been working many hours following a recent rash of church thefts in Lawrence County.  Following up on leads and tips arrests were made this afternoon.

It is believed that the three suspects are responsible for as many as 15 burglary and stealing cases in which suspects removed whole air conditioning units from rural churches in Lawrence County alone.

The Sheriff's Office is working with surrounding agencies who had similar cases in which the persons in custody my also be involved.

Formal charges are expected to be issued Wednesday morning by the Lawrence County Prosecutor.

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