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Man Charged Breaking Into Four Churches


Appomattox Co., VA - The Appomattox County Sheriff's office has charged a man with breaking into four churches.

Devonte Capone Woods, 18, is charged with felony breaking and entering, destruction of property and other charges.

People at one of the churches hit say he actually stole tithe money.

It was in an offering envelope in the pastors desk. But that's only one of many items that Woods allegedly collected in this series of break-ins.

"This is where it was plugged in. You can see the wire here," said Mark Landry, worship pastor at Liberty Baptist.

Landry is the music and worship pastor at Liberty Baptist Church. One night last week, he noticed his Ipod was missing from his office.

"If it had just been unplugged from the cord, it might have been somewhere else but the cord was gone too so I said, 'someone has taken it,'" said Landry.

He called the police and they found marks on the door.

"This is where he broke into the main office," said Landry as he pointed to the marks.

The cracks and dings along the lock seemed to show the door had been pried open. The places hit, all in the town of Appomattox, include Liberty Baptist, Reformed Bible Church, Tree of Life, Appomattox Courthouse Presbyterian and even the Department of Social Services.

"We've had some church break-ins over the years, but not this many at one time," said Sheriff Barry Letterman.

According to Letterman, all the break-ins happened within a week's time. In each incident, Woods is accused of taking an undisclosed amount of cash and other valuables. In the end, Landry got his things back. While at the sheriff's office, picking up his Ipod, he found something else that had been missing.

"I said, 'This really looks like my daughters.' And I he turned it on and her picture came up and I said, 'That's hers too,'" said Landry.

Letterman says Wood eventually confessed to most all of the burglaries. But, believes Woods may be involved in break-ins in other jurisdictions. That is still under investigation.

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