Man possibly linked to church burglaries through SETX

Investigators believe the same suspect stole cash, guitars and other valuables from churches in Orange County, Tyler County and even Polk County.

WOODVILLE, Texas — Investigators believe a string of recent church burglaries in southeast Texas may have come from the same suspect.

Surveillance cameras captured the man who authorities say committed three church burglaries Sunday night, Oct. 30, 2022, in Woodville, according to a Facebook post from the group Crime Stoppers.

On October 19, 2022, a man drove onto the property of the Orange Seventh-day Adventist Church and within 10 minutes stole cash.

After leaving the Orange Seventh-day Adventist Church, the same man allegedly went to the Old First-Orange Baptist Church and stole $300.

The theft was caught on camera at a nearby business, Roger’s Lumber Company.

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Several witnesses provided Crime Stoppers tips, providing matching descriptions of the person being filmed.

Deputies from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office say the same thing happened in Polk County as well.

Briana Manning saw 12News broadcast the story of the Woodville church burglaries on Wednesday. She says it looked and sounded too familiar.

“It flashed on the screen and I was like ‘oh my god, that’s the same car for sure’, so yeah that was very easy to tell, it looks like the same vehicle and the exact same guy “said Manning.

Manning is a member of the board of directors of the Seventh-day Adventist Church located in Orange.

Detective Colton Havard says Orange County is working with other agencies to find this suspect and confirm they believe the same man is responsible for a series of church robberies throughout Southeast Texas. .

“Detectives have received many tips that have been beneficial, others that have not worked and we have a person of interest in this case,” Havard said. “We have worked with Polk County and Tyler County. They have had church burglaries and believe the suspect is involved in all three of these cases.”

Investigators say the video from all the churches presents key clues.

The alleged burglar wears similar clothing and black and white Adidas shoes in all of the videos.

“I know in Orange County our deputies are increasing their presence around churches and neighborhoods and we would just like to remind everyone to keep your valuables locked up,” Havard said.

Officials say the suspect was seen in a small, dark-colored sedan.

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This is a developing story. We’ll update with more if and when we receive more confirmed information.

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