DECATUR, AL (WAFF) - Additional arrests have been made in connection with a string of church burglaries in north Alabama.
Decatur police reported that they had received reports of burglaries at Fairview Baptist Church, St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, and Cedar Ridge Baptist Church on Dec. 16.
After Trinity police investigated a church burglary in their area on Dec. 23, multiple agencies in north Alabama shared information. Decatur police said Limestone County, Morgan County and their own area had many reported church burglaries over several weeks. As a result of this cooperation across agencies, Decatur police said that Jacob Ryan Pigman of Trinity was developed as a suspect.
Pigman was charged with three counts of burglary in the third degree for the three church burglaries in Decatur. His bond has not been set. He is being held in the Decatur City Jail.
A joint investigation among Decatur police, Trinity police and Limestone County Sheriff's Office investigators began after Pigman was identified. Decatur police reported that on Dec. 28, two other suspects were identified as Tyler Summers of Decatur and a 17-year-old juvenile.
Decatur police said both suspects were charged with three counts of burglary in the third degree for the Decatur church burglaries.
Summers is being held in Decatur City Jail, and the 17-year-old juvenile was taken to the Tennessee Valley Juvenile Detention Facility.
Authorities are working to see if the suspects are responsible for all the other church robberies in the area. Round Island Baptist Church in Athens is another church burglary that remains unsolved. On Christmas day, someone broke in through the back and kicked down door. A gaming system and cameras were stolen but no cash. The pastor, Mike Green said he's looking on the bright side of this bad situation.
"It was just somebody looking for something in particular like money," he said. "They didn't damage a whole lot of stuff obviously they kicked the doors in and things like that. But they didn't damage our sanctuary or any of the things that are precious to us."
Decatur police said charges from other agencies are pending.