Thou shalt not steal: Baptist Association burglars caught by Sheriff

Andrew Alexander


Thou shalt not steal: Baptist Association burglars caught by Sheriff

Around $6,500 worth of stolen property recovered by McNairy County Sheriff’s Department Friday morning. Items included desktop and laptop computers, projectors, a pocket knife collection, a radio, a coin collection, eagle figurines, and a yo-yo.

Individuals responsible for the theft of nearly $6,500 worth of property from Shiloh Baptist Association in Adamsville were apprehended Friday morning by the McNairy County Sheriff’s Department.

According to Sheriff Guy Buck, Jacob Shelby, 18 of Adamsville, Jarrett Berryman, 23 of Adamsville, and Jackie Moore, 40 of Adamsville, were taken into custody by the Sheriff’s Department, questioned, and confessed to the burglary after the Sheriff’s Department was tipped off by a community member.

The three men have all been  charged with Burglary/Breaking and Entering and are still in custody.  

Buck stated that additional charges are pending against some of the suspects in Hardemen County.

Brother Ron Davidson, Director of Missions at Shiloh Baptist Association located at 113 North Magnolia Street in Adamsville, reported the robbery to the Adamsville
Police Department last Wednesday morning, according to Police Chief Bill McCall’s offense report.

“The Lord answered our prayers,” said Davidson. “[The thieves] were apprehended, and now we’re praying those individuals come to Christ.”

The laundry list of property stolen from the scene includes a desktop computer, laptop computer, two projectors, and various other miscellaneous items, most of which have been recovered by the Sheriff’s Department.

Davidson said a few items were still missing, including a cyprus clock that hung on his wall, which was a gift from a church deacon. 

The report states that the building appeared to have been breached at the southwest entrance, but the thieves exited from the sliding glass door in Davidson’s office. The theft is speculated to have occurred last Tuesday night.

Not only was there a substantial amount of property stolen from the facility, but it had also been “ransacked” by the perpetrators, according to McCall’s report.