UPDATE 2-20-17 6:30 PM:
An unrelated incident added interest and confusion to the church robbery. Myrtle area residents reported seeing an unidentified man running across their lawns at about the same time law enforcement personnel were tracking Rodgers’ flight from the church. As it turns out, the second runner was Christopher Jones, who was fleeing the area after a disagreement with his wife. When his wife threatened to call the police, Jones fled because he knew there was a warrant out for his arrest. He has criminal charges pending in both Union and Marshall Counties.
New Albany, MS– A man suspected of having burglarized the New Hope Baptist Church early Monday, morning, Feb. 20, is in custody.
Union County Sheriff Jimmy Edwards said a passing motorist became suspicious when a motor vehicle was observed parked at the church building on County Road 51 at approximately 5:10 am. The motorist called a church member who went to the church and observed a man exiting through a broken window.
Sheriff’s officers arrived at the church and discovered that the suspect had apparently attempted to break into two different buildings on the church campus, located south of Myrtle.
A manhunt involving sheriff department officers and highway patrol personnel was organized.
The suspect was captured at around 10:45 a.m.
More details will be posted on NAnewsweb.com as they become available.