Neighborhood Youths Arrested for Residential and Church Burglaries

(Harford County, MD – April 16, 2007) — On Friday April 13, 2007, Harford County Sheriff’s Office Deputies arrested two area youths in connection with three burglaries that occurred at the New Covenant Presbyterian Church located in the 100 block of St. Mary’s Church Road in Abingdon.

Shortly before midnight on April 7, 2007, Sheriff Deputies discovered the juveniles in a vacant residence located in the 2600 block of Long Meadow Drive in Abingdon. While questioning the juveniles about the residential burglary it was discovered they had also committed the burglaries at New Covenant Presbyterian Church. The juveniles were charged with second burglary and malicious destruction of property for the residential burglary.

The church burglaries were reported to the Harford County Sheriff’s Office on March 25, 2007, April 2, 2007, and April 7, 2007. In all three incidents forced entry was made to the building. During the first incident the juvenile suspects discharged several fire extinguishers causing extensive damage to the sanctuary and other areas of the church. In the second incident the juvenile suspects removed two fire extinguishers from the building. One of the two fire extinguishers was later recovered at a nearby playground. In the final incident the juvenile suspects disturbed food that had been left at the church.

Both juveniles are 15 years old and reside in the Abingdon area. The juveniles were each charged with three counts of second degree burglary, two counts of malicious destruction of property, and two counts of theft. The juveniles were release from custody pending their arraignment through the Department of Juvenile Services.