Two Men Charged With Breaking Into Church

A church in Eastern Carolina turned into a crime scene on Father's Day after a break-in where the burglars helped themselves to breakfast.

A parishioner pulled up to the St. James AME Zion Church on Highway 58 outside of Maysville around noon Sunday and saw two girls inside a parked vehicle and someone leaving the church.

Jones County deputies arrested two Wayne County men and detained the two underage girls. The front door of the church was destroyed, while multiple items were strewn about the church and an American flag was thrown up into a chandelier.

Deputies say it looks like the burglars were after money, searching the tithe and offering box. They also say the men cooked and ate sausage in the church kitchen and helping themselves to soft drinks in the refrigerator.

Brandon Lamb, 22, and Joseph Perkins, 16, were charged with breaking and entering a place of worship, larceny after breaking and entering, injury to real property, multiple counts of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile, marijuana possession of possession of drug paraphernalia. Deputies say the drugs were found in the vehicle.

"There is a special place for someone who desecrates the house of the Lord and it's not in the Jones County Jail," said Sheriff Danny Heath.

The two men remain in jail under $25,000 secured bonds while juvenile petitions are pending against the two girls.