A church was recently burglarized in Columbia, and the local authorities believe two men were involved in the purported crime. The Missouri authorities first found one man near the church and arrested him, and then they arrested a second individual who was driving nearby. The two young men face multiple charges each, including suspicion of burglary and possession of drugs.
Just before 12:30 a.m., the authorities responded to a call at the church because the alarm system had allegedly gone off. When the officers arrived, they claimed that they saw a man standing near the main entrance, and a television was on the ground near him. The man supposedly attempted to flee, but the officers apprehended him.
A vehicle with its headlights off purportedly drove past as the officers were questioning the first suspect, so one of the officers pulled the truck over. Inside the vehicle, the authorities claim to have found a guitar, a television and more items believed to belong to the church. Both men also allegedly had small amounts of marijuana on them at the time of their arrests. They each face several charges, including suspicion of second-degree burglary, possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest.
No matter what evidence the authorities claim to have against them, the two young men are innocent until, and only if, proved guilty. As the incident continues to be investigated, there will likely be evidence that surfaces that the defendants can use to their advantage as they form their criminal defenses against their possession of drugs and other charges. They have the right to form their Missouri defenses in the way that they feel will have the best possible result.
Source: Columbia Daily Tribune, “Two Columbia men accused of burglarizing church“, Oct. 17, 2014