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Muddy footprints lead to Alexander church burglary arrests

Alexander County detectives say all they had to do was follow the footprints to find a suspected church burglar earlier this week.

The sheriff’s office said they arrested and charged a pair of teens in connection with the theft of money from Promised Land Ministries in Bethlehem.

Charged with breaking and entering and larceny were 18-year-old Corey Gage Hill and 17-year-old George Early Whitener. Their initial court appearances will be Monday.

The pastor of the church, on B&S Lane, called the sheriff’s office Monday and reported that someone had broken a window and taken all of the Sunday collection money from the church office.

Detectives found footprints in a muddy area outside the church and were able to follow the prints to a nearby residence. Deputies say they found Hill at the home on nearby Hillcrest Lane, complete with mud on his pants and shoes.

Investigators said the shoes Hill was wearing matched the footprints they had followed, and they say the 18-year-old confessed to the crime. Detectives said they later connected Whitener to the crime.

Steve Lyttle: 704-358-6107 Twitter: @slyttle
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