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Two arrested in church burglaries


According to Searcy County Sheriff Kenny Cassell, on May 3, arrest affidavits were issued for 21 year old Jerad Dale Ramsey of Marshall and 20 year old Dylan Jay Baker of Marshall on charges of commercial burglary, Class C felony, and breaking or entering, Class D felony, after admitting to local law enforcement they were involved in a rash of burglaries that occurred in 2018.

Cassell said on December 30, Searcy County Deputy Billy Cordell responded to a 911 call stating a church door had been kicked open. When Cordell arrived on the scene, he found a door to the Harriet Assembly of God Church had been kicked in. Inside the church, he found the doors to the offices had been forced open and a file cabinet had been left open. The church pastor estimated the damage to the doors and the missing money totaled approximately $900.

Cordell said on April 23, Dylan Baker came to the sheriff's office to discuss the break-in that occurred at the Harriet Assembly of God Church on December 29. During the interview, Baker admitted he was present at Harriet Assembly of God Church during the break-in. He also stated another person, Jerad Ramsey, was there and assisted with the break-in. He said after leaving the church in Harriet they went to Marshall and broke into the North View Church, but heard people upstairs so they left in their vehicle.

On May 1, Cordell stated that Jerad Ramsey came to the sheriff's office voluntarily to discuss the break-ins that occurred on December 29. During the interview with Cordell, Ramsey admitted that he and one other individual entered the Big Flat Assembly Church and took a vacuum cleaner and money.

After that, Ramsey said they left in his vehicle and went to the Harriet Assembly of God Church where they entered two separate buildings and took money. Ramsey said they left and went to the North View Church and after gaining access to the building heard voices and they fled the scene.

Ramsey also admitted that that the group went to the Round Mountain Church in Stone County and broke-in to the Round Mountain Church and took food and sodas.

Baker was arrested on Saturday, May 11, and Ramsey on Friday, May 10. Both were transported to the Searcy County Detention Center where they are awaiting their first court appearance. Cassell stated that other arrests are expected in this case.

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