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Two Men Charged With Pacific Church Break-Ins

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Posted: Wednesday, August 20, 2014 8:00 pm

Two Franklin County men were charged with burglary following two church break-ins in Pacific last year.

Gregory Brown, 20, Villa Ridge, and Thomas C. Cole, 19, Pacific, were both charged with second-degree burglary, a felony. Police said the two allegedly broke into churches and stole cash, guitars and amps.

Brown was charged following a break-in at the Pacific Assembly of God Church July 14, 2013. Police said $200 in cash was taken from the church office.

Police said Brown’s name came up as a suspect during the course of the investigation. He was brought into custody and police said he admitted to breaking into the church and stealing the money.

Police said Brown, a former volunteer at the church, also admitted to breaking into the church several times. Brown told police he was homeless and broke into the church to sleep.

The money was taken out of a desk in the office area of the church, police said.

Pacific Police said Cole was with Brown at the time of the break-in, but wasn’t charged by the prosecutor.

Cole, however, was charged in another church burglary. His charge stems from an incident May 12, 2013.

Pacific Police received a report of missing items at Meramec Valley Baptist Church.

Pacific Police Lt. Tom Locke said two guitars and an amp were taken from the church. The total cost of the items was valued at around $400.

Locke said police interviewed multiple suspects and got confessions from three juveniles and Cole.

All of the stolen goods were later recovered.

Both Brown and Cole were being held on $20,000 bonds.

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