JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Jackson Police credit a brave citizen for tipping them off to where they could find items stolen from local churches. The unidentified person contacted a precinct four officer. Acting on a warrant officers discovered ten microphones, a keyboard and a microphone receiver inside a home at 1059 Biloxi Street. All items are believed to have been taken in recent church burglaries.
"We had more stuff than this that was taken. We hope to recover more stuff," said Jackson Police Assistant Chief Lee Vance.
Inside the home Jackson Police also discovered a computer and a printer. Both items were reported stolen from Peeples Middle School back in November. Two men were arrested at the home on Biloxi Street, 46-year-old Tony Lofton and 41-year-old Leonard Gordon. They have been charged with receiving stolen goods.
"We don't believe this is going to solve all those burglaries. We simply believe this is another step in the right direction in getting those individuals responsible for those burglaries into custody," said Assistant Chief Vance.
WLBT first reported on the rash of church burglaries on January 18th, 2010. There were a total of nine break-ins at local churches during that month. Jackson Police have held special seminars on security for clergy and also kicked off a "church watch" group. Officers are doing what they can, but law enforcement officials say it is up to the citizens of Jackson to help solve these crimes.
"The community does not have a tolerance for people breaking into houses of worship," said Vance. "Many of these cases we get, not only this one, but homicide cases, robbery cases, you name it, we wouldn't be able to solve a portion of the cases that we solve without the help of the community."
Assistant Chief Vance said more arrests are expected soon.
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