COPS: Man Targeted Churchgoers' Vehicles

Police say they've nabbed a man who has been breaking into cars while people were in church.

Jeffrey Johnson is charged with five counts of felonious breaking into motor vehicles, four counts of misdemeanor larceny, and one count of felonious larceny.

Beaufort police say last Sunday they got complaints about vehicles being broken into at Queen Street Baptist Church. Police set up a surveillance team this past Sunday to see if the thief would return. Officers say they spotted Johnson looking into vehicles at the church and when asked for ID, they noticed he had stolen cards from last weekend's break-ins.

Police say at the man's apartment they recovered a laptop computer, a camera, cell phones, and other assorted electronic equipment valued at approximately $4,500.

The 28-year-old Johnson was jailed on a $15,000 secure bond.


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  • by Josephus Jr. Location: Bear Grass on Feb 9, 2010 at 04:18 PM
    He Looks like he is on drugs or something Like Dat Dare. He better not come out to my house.If He Does my Dog Bubba will rip him to pieces.Betta stay away from my Trailer Just Outside Of Bear Grass.I Am gonna sit up all night & watch for him.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 9, 2010 at 01:22 PM
    That happened at our Church one time. We saw someone go by our sunday school window, looked out the door and someone was going thru vehicles. We all ran out and beat the crap our of them...just kidding. We did call the cops though.
  • by CherryCracker Kool-Aid Location: CA on Feb 9, 2010 at 11:24 AM
    What I wanna know is who left a laptops & cameras in their cars at church, and WHY? Cell phones? You can turn those off and leave them in purse or pocket, you know. If I pay good money for something that expensive, I'm not leaving it unattended for nobody. It can stay at home.
  • by Lash Location: SC on Feb 9, 2010 at 11:07 AM
    What he did was a crime but just because the people were in church doesn't make it worse. It is actually smart. People going to church have an inflated since of security that because they are praying to their fictional god he/she will protect them. YOU are not better than anyone else just because you go to church. Actually I look down on you for wasting your time and being so naive to believe in that crap. Maybe if you prayed harder your cars would not have been broken into. LOL.... Get a life and stop making it seem like it is so much worse because it was a church.
  • by DJ Location: ENC on Feb 9, 2010 at 07:06 AM
    This is why I walk to church.
  • by delta Location: G town on Feb 8, 2010 at 11:54 PM
    DBM, There i sno justification for stealing or murdering. It"s simple, there is right and there is wrong, no in between. Thats a liberal view in thinking there are underlying reasons of why people steal and kill and that we should pick up the tab and just give them what they want. Its not societys responsibility to keep these people up. YOu got to want to change to change.
  • by Mr. Rite Location: Choco on Feb 8, 2010 at 08:01 PM
    James....When you put it in those terms, just execute the thug here and now!!
  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on Feb 8, 2010 at 06:44 PM
    Stealing from people's cars while they are in church? ..This has to be two sins! ...He should have been breaking into cars while people were inside of nightclubs... I bet the outcome would have been very different! ....Thug!
  • by James Location: New Bern on Feb 8, 2010 at 06:21 PM
    Mr. Rite they may deserve it, but they would never have to steal any more. They would be on welfare, medicade, SSI, you name it. We'd have to provide for them the rest of our lives. So we can either do it by paying outrageous costs for prisons or provide aid to them personally being they would be disabled for life.
  • by to DBM on Feb 8, 2010 at 06:07 PM
    Yeah he do look pretty sad. Maybe the people in church will drop the charges and help him. Some people are afraid to ask for help and end up stealing. Some have no family and some cannot turn to the family they have when they are down on their luck. We never know the situation when it comes to this. The media only report the crime in the stories, but we never know whats going on before the crime happened.
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