GEORGE COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Officials in George County believe they have put an end to a month long rash of church thefts. Sheriff Dean Howell said deputies arrested William Bryan Strickland, 46, last Thursday and charged him with multiple counts of petit larceny.
Howell said surveillance video showed Strickland had been going to area churches in the middle of the night to steal fuel out of church owned vehicles and vans. Officials said Strickland got as much as 40 gallons of fuel per vehicle.
Howell said Strickland was also stealing air conditioner units, ladders and shop-vacs, and he also tried to steal diesel fuel from the George County barn.
Deputies tell us the churches Strickland allegedly stole from are The Temple of Praise, Southside Church and Shady Grove Baptist Church. Officials said the Basin Community Head Start van was also targeted.
Howell said the thefts have surpassed the $4,000 mark.
Strickland is being held at the George County Jail awaiting his initial court appearance.