Two Charged With 19 Church Break-Ins

Police say they have arrested two people for breaking into 19 churches in Greenville since August.

It was a story WITN News broke last Wednesday that churches in Pitt County had become targets of burglars.

Vidal Brevard & Lydia Crespo are charged with multiple counts of breaking into a place of worship.

Police say early Tuesday morning a patrol officer saw two people riding bicycles on South Wright Road. They both were carrying laptop computer bags. Police quickly found out the laptops belonged to Trinity FWB Church, which had its rear door forced open.

The break-ins got so bad that at least one church had someone sleeping in their sanctuary overnight as extra security. Police said things like cameras, TV's, speakers, musical equipment and microphones were being taken.

The 36-year-old Brevard is charged with 20 counts of breaking and entering into a place of worship and 18 counts of larceny. Crespo, who police say is 17-years-old, is facing four counts of breaking and entering into a place of worship and four counts of larceny.

Here is a list of the church break-ins that the couple have been charged with:

08-02-09 304 Truman St./Living Waters Holly Church
08-13-09 519 S. Pitt St./Last Days Harvest Church of God
08-26-09 519 S. Pitt St./Last Days Harvest Church of God
09-01-09 408 Hudson St./Living World Redemption Center
09-06-09 430 Bonners Ln./Miracle Deliverance Church
09-08-09 2001 Charles Blvd./Radiant Life Church
09-12-09 1703 W. 6th St./Zion Life Ministries
09-12-09 210 Church St./Breakthrough Revival Center
09-15-09 3105 S. Memorial Dr/Greenville Church of God
09-20-09 2111 Dickinson Ave./Faith and Evidence Church
09-21-09 3760 Philippi Dr./Phillipi Church
09-24-09 1400 Elm St./First Presbyterain Church
09-24-09 1505 Dickinson Ave./Intercessary Christian Center
09-24-09 1002 Evans St./Spirit & Truth Worship
09-29-09 2950 S. Memorial Dr./The Pentecostals
09-29-09 601 Norris St./St. Matthews Church of Christ
10-02-09 1111 S.E. Greenville Blvd./Hooker Memorial Church
10-05-09 212 Truman St./Living Faith Prophetic Ministries
10-11-09 204 Brinkley Drive/First Pentecostal Holiness
10-13-09 3111 Golden Rd./Trinity FWB Church


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  • by P on Oct 22, 2009 at 03:07 AM
    Dumb and Dummer
  • by Jesus on Oct 19, 2009 at 10:03 AM
    We need to forgive them.
  • by LW Location: Greenville on Oct 16, 2009 at 05:36 PM
    Bring some laws from Saudi Arabia here. If they are found guilty cut there hands off and let them go. Problem solved.
  • by Keith Location: Edenton, NC on Oct 16, 2009 at 07:23 AM
    Bubb Rub. I understand what you are saying, and I don't disagree with you. I have no idea if the commenters are from the area churches. My comments were directed at the members of these churches who may be reading this. Our behavior and our speech is the only Gospel many non-Christians ever hear. All have sinned according to Scripture; therefore, we are all deserving of hell. It is only because of Jesus Christ that we are saved. God would have been justified if He had struck me dead for the sins I have committed, but He had mercy on me. As Christians, let's speak the truth in love, not in righteous indignation. If we as Christians pray for these 2 people, perhaps God, in His mercy, will convict them of their sin and send one of His servants to share the truth of the Gospel with them. They might actually get saved, and share their witness with other folks in similar situations. To God be the glory!
  • by Anonymous on Oct 16, 2009 at 07:14 AM
    Hey Lavon...with all the wisdom and stupid opinions you have....I have yet to here from you on this subject...Come on ole smart and educated one!!!!
  • by to Anonymous at 06:37 on Oct 15, 2009 at 07:38 PM
    I don't give a flying fish who you know. You need to learn about culture. I repeat THESE PEOPLE ARE NOT BLACK. There skin color is only black. There are alot of cultures that have dark skin, but they are not black.
  • by Kathy Location: Washington on Oct 15, 2009 at 06:57 PM
    These two are black skinned, or more like brown-skinned but they are not African American. They are probably Dominican or one of those other islanders. They are not African American and they sure ain't white.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 15, 2009 at 04:08 PM
    To Sorry People.I'm black but they look black to me.But they have that Muslim Black sort of like Obama.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 15, 2009 at 03:37 PM
    To Sorry People. They ARE BLACK! Just because their names don't SOUND black, doesn't mean they are not. I happen to know those two. You obviously don't.
  • by Bubb Rub Location: Oakland on Oct 15, 2009 at 12:32 PM
    Keith is the commenter’s here from those Churches? If the two had repented BEFORE they were caught red handed, and stood before every Church congregation asking for forgiveness openly publicly witnessed and before God, I would think more folks would be least likely to judge them. Yes sin is sin no question. These two are fools. "He that walketh with wise men shall be wise; but a companion of fools shall be destroyed" Proverbs 13:20. When they get out of jail, you going to bring them to your home? I'd need to see a desire to turn from their wicked ways before I would even consider it, now a good dose of the Holy Ghost and a stern rebuke I could give to them. God will punish them and others here are just pointing out where they are headed unless they get their act together and peddle Godliness instead of stolen goods. That’s my response, call it TUFF LOVE.
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