Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Property Recovered - Charges to be Filed in Sardis Church Vandalism

Road sign recovered

The Winston County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant last night (Monday) related to last week’s vandalism of the historic Sardis Baptist Church in rural Winston County. At around 10:30 pm, law enforcement searched a property on Hwy 14 E based upon information gathered in the investigation. During the search, deputies found a pew taken from the church and a pair of road signs in a shed located on the property.

The Sheriff’s Department is still seeking to complete an interview with two juveniles believed to be involved in the case and charges of felony vandalism of a church, felony burglary of a church and possession of stolen property are expected to be filed in Winston County Youth Court.

Three adults: Austin Richardson – 20, Jason Eaves – 21 and Dylan Tabor -19 are facing charges of felony vandalism of a church and felony burglary of a church.

Sheriff Jason Pugh said, “At this point, we are ready to turn this over to the prosecuting attorney and the court system. We believe we have recovered or accounted for all missing property and identified those involved. Vandalism and theft from a church is very serious and people get emotional. We wanted to make sure that our investigation was thorough and complete.”

The adults will be arraigned on Wednesday, July 25th in Winston County Justice Court.