Man charged after three church burglaries, police say

MEMPHIS, Tenn.– A Memphis man is charged with breaking into three south-central churches and stealing expensive equipment.

Larry Jackson, 19, is charged with three counts of burglary of a building, theft of property of $1,000 or less and two counts of theft of property of $1,000 to $2,500.

According to police, Jackson has robbed three churches since March.

On March 7, a representative from Riverside Intime Outreach Church told police that the church shed had been broken into and that lawn care equipment, including a push mower, weed killer and blower, had been stolen.

On April 2, a pastor at the Temple of the Church of God through Christ in Dempster reported that the church had been burglarized overnight. Their cameras and a laptop were stolen. The total loss was reported at $1,580.

On April 7, staff at the Cathedral of Praise church reported a burglary and told police the suspect opened the back door of the church and stole music equipment.

Surveillance video from Riverside Intime Outreach Church and Cathedral of Praise Church shows the suspect driving a 1990s Ford F-150 pickup truck with a toolbox in the truck bed and pant wear patterns unique on the roof.

Jackson was arrested Monday when police spotted the truck in Whitehaven. Officers recovered a stolen guitar during the search of the truck.

He was released on $5,000 bond and is due in court on April 18.

Martha J. Finley