Two juveniles are in custody in connection with four Neshoba County church burglaries late last month.

Investigator Bobby Pattillo said Monday that Philadelphia Police have two 16-year-olds in custody for the burglaries of East Philadelphia Baptist, Philadelphia Church of Christ, Trinity Baptist Church and South Side Methodist churches the weekend of June 29. 




Their names have not been released because they are juveniles. Each faces four charges of burglary of a commercial building.

Authorities made the arrests on Thursday, July 11 after following up on an anonymous tip they received the previous day. Both suspects remain in custody.

Interim Police Chief Julian Greer on Tuesday said he had no updates on the case.

At least four churches were broken into over the weekend of June 29. Authorities said that nothing of significant value appeared to have been taken, though the burglars did leave a mess.

The juveniles allegedly broke into East Philadelphia Baptist and Philadelphia Church of Christ in the wee hours of Saturday, June 29. The break-ins were reported later that afternoon.

The other two break-ins were reported two days later on July 1. Pattillo said that Trinity Baptist Church on Centre Avenue and South Side Methodist on Range Avenue reported break-ins just minutes apart after opening that Monday morning.

“It was the same thing at every scene,” Pattillo said. “They called us and we responded and determined where entry was made and got investigators over there. At this point, we have not identified anything that was stolen, though some churches are still taking inventory. These cases remain under investigation.”

Pattillo said that after the churches had taken inventory some determined that small amounts of cash had been taken.

Retha Hillman, a secretary at Trinity Baptist Church, was the one who discovered the break-in Saturday afternoon.

“We have not discovered anything missing,” Hillman said the Tuesday after the break-ins. “They did go through drawers and closets and left a mess. They also broke a few doors.”

Hillman said that they have security footage from the break-in that shows more than one suspect with their faces covered.

A staff member at East Philadelphia Baptist who asked not to be identified said that the break-in is unfortunate.

“There is not much to say,” he said. “We were broken into, it is unfortunate and we wish it didn't happen.”