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Two Arrested in String of Church Burglaries

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Wilson County Sheriff's Office (WCSO) detectives along with Lebanon police arrested two Lebanon men over the weekend in connection with a string of church burglaries in the city and county.

Early Saturday, detectives with both agencies arrested Trevon Kyle Lawson, 26, and Giles Jacob Timbs, 25. Both were charged with one count each of burglary with bond set at $7,500. A court date is set for August 4, and Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan said his office will present more charges to the Wilson County Grand Jury at a later date.

After reports of several church burglaries over the past few months, WCSO detectives developed a lead on the suspects in connection with several church burglaries in Wilson County and Lebanon. Detectives had been working surveillance for some time when they spotted the two men leaving the Hunters Point Celebration Center, located at 2232 Hunters Point Pike.

Once the suspects left, detectives checked the building and discovered a rear window had been removed.

County and Lebanon police detectives stopped the pair and discovered a cash register in the backseat. The register was later determined to have been taken from the celebration center. The duo was taken into custody without incident following the traffic stop at North College Street and East Main.

"This case is an excellent example of good, solid police work," Bryan said. "Our detectives developed a lead through various sources and lots of legwork. They worked this case around the clock, conducting surveillance of the suspects, and it paid off with these arrests."

Lebanon police charged the pair in the city; however, both agencies will present evidence of more church burglaries in which the two men are also suspected of participating.

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