Two men were arrested Tuesday and charged with breaking into Oakland Baptist Church in Gum Spring, destruction of property and stealing the church van.
The crime was discovered sometime around 10:30 p.m. Monday when Louisa County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to an unrelated domestic situation nearby.
“While deputies were there, they discovered that the church was broken into and the church van was missing,” Major Donald Lowe said. “The van was recovered not long after that in Henrico with two people in it.”
Robert Heath Wyatt, 21, of Henrico, and Christopher Samuel Causway Jr., also 21, of Highland Springs, were each charged with three felony counts.
Ron Taylor, who is a deacon at the church, said the suspects came in through one of the church’s windows, went through everything in the church and kicked in the wooden doors to the pastor’s office, sound room and library.
They even cooked up some sausage and eggs in the church’s kitchen while they were there.
“They didn’t do the dishes either,” Taylor said. “What really got me is not only did they fix the food, but they brought it into the sanctuary to eat it. That shows total disrespect for the church and God.”
(Article by Deana Meredith)
This is a partial article. Read the full story in The Central Virginian’s May 16, 2019 issue.
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