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Shelby County Sheriff's Department Clear Joaquin Church Burglary

The Shelby County Sheriff's department reports that all items stolen from the Joaquin Pentecostal Church a couple of weeks ago have been recovered with the suspected culprit in custody.


It was August 13th when Investigator John Pope received the call that the church had been burglarized.

The pastor of the church told Pope that four guitars had been stolen and thousands of dollars in damage had been done to church property. 

Shelby County Sheriffs officials placed the burglary on Crime Stoppers , which was run through KDET/KQBB.

Five days later, an individual came to the sheriffs office and reported that someone had tried to sell him guitars at Dairy Queen in Center and used his cell phone to place a call. 

Investigator Pope then contacted Invesigator Windham with the Shelby County DA's office , who subpoenad the  phone number. 

Investigator Pope then went to a Tenaha street location after receiving the related information from the phone company recovered one of the stolen guitars.  That information then led to a search warrant issued last Friday for a San Augustine County residence.  That was where officers from the Shelby and San Augustine County Sheriff's department arrested James Ross Bennett.  Deputies recovered the other three guitars taken from the church at that location. 


"The Shelby County Sherriff's Office would like to thank the agencies involved with this case and the person who came forward with the information" department officials said in a press release.


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