2 charged in south Ga. church thefts

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KINGSLAND, Ga. -- Kingsland police have charged two men with burglarizing three churches in two days.

Edward Stanley Gilbert, 20, and Lloyd Odis Sams, 19, both of Kingsland, each face three counts of felony burglary, said Lt. Todd Tetterton, police department spokesman.

When arrested, the suspects had been free on bail on charges stemming from another theft case, Tetterton said.

Both remained in custody at the Camden County jail on Thursday.

Gilbert and Sams are charged with stealing a variety of items including canned food, prepackaged juice drinks, hot chocolate mix, a portable clock radio and a small lock box-style safe after breaking into churches.

Kingsland patrol officers on duty in the area developed information Wednesday that led detective Brian Aligood to identify Gilbert and Sams as possible suspects in the break-ins. Aligood subsequently interviewed the men at their home.

After arresting the men, Aligood recovered several items including a lock box, radio and a cart the owners identified as items taken from the churches, Tetterton said.


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