Deputies were called at 8:18 a.m. to investigate a report of three men in dark clothing behind Shiloh Community Center, a report said. While checking the area, deputies heard loud banging noises coming from next door at Mercy Ministries, 1621 15th St. The officers followed the noises and began searching, eventually finding Germaine Bowman, 36, of Floyd Street, and Carl Gant III, 19, of McCauley Street, hiding in a room on the west end of the building. Police also found a green bag containing cutting tools on another floor.
Police said they heard Bowman state “they got us” before the two surrendered. They told deputies that a third man, Kenneth Bell, 20, fled the building. Police later located and arrested Bell at his home on Roosevelt Street.
All three were charged with burglary and possession of burglary tools during the commission of a crime. They were being held Sunday at the Richmond County Jail.