ELMORE COUNTY, AL (WSFA) - Three individuals accused of burglarizing ten houses of worship during a month-long spree are under arrest.
Elmore County Sheriff Bill Franklin says two juveniles and one adult were taken into custody after media reports showed church surveillance video of the crimes being carried out.
Only the adult, 18-year-old Sam Scott, was identified.
Mount Hebron Baptist Church was one of those churches victimized in the dark of night. Surveillance video from a week ago shows at least two people stealing all the musical instruments and electronics they could carry.
"Two laptop computers. They stole a video camera, some other small electronic items. About $3,000 worth," explained Jimmy Veazey, the church's associate pastor.
The break-ins stretch from Elmore to Wetumpka. Authorities say crooks used the cover of darkness to make their moves.
"It was late at night. Wee hours of the morning. Early morning hours. Just when people know [churchgoers are] normally not there," said Sheriff Franklin.
The biggest mystery in this case? Investigators say the suspects really knew what they were doing. They even took the surveillance cameras at Mount Hebron and pointed them away while they committed the crime.
One of the cameras, however, was just too far out of reach. That's how authorities caught them on tape. "Undoubtedly he just missed that particular [camera], but most all the others--he was able to vent off to the side," Franklin said.
Still, that one camera got a good look at one of the suspects. Church members hope it'll help solve this spree once and for all.
Hopefully our preparedness will lead to these people being arrested. [. . .] Hopefully from what people see from that one image, someone's going to recognize those people," Veazey said.
Sheriff Franklin believes the criminals also burglarized Elmore Town Hall on July 14th.
The congregation at Mount Hebron Baptist Church checked the surveillance videotape, but says they have no clue who these perpetrators are.