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Lamar County deputy foils church burglary; 2 in custody

Mason Stuart and David Turner Mason Stuart and David Turner
LAMAR COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A church burglary was foiled by a deputy passing by in south Lamar County, and two people are now in jail. 

Mason Stuart, 20, of Purvis, and David Turner Jr., 26, of Hattiesburg were both arrested and charged with commercial burglary of a church after an incident in early April.

“The two stole lawn equipment, electronics, and electrical cords from the Bethlehem Baptist Church on Old Okahola School Road,” said Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel.

Rigel added the pair was seen running from behind the church with stuff in their hands when a deputy was passing by.

“The deputy stopped and one of the guys dropped the stuff and basically tried to lie to the officer about the stuff in his possession, deputies then went to the suspect's vehicle where a microphone from the church was also found,” said Rigel.

According to Rigel, the pair entered the church through a back window, and all of the property was recovered during the investigation.

According to arrest records, Turner was already out on probation from Forrest County when the alleged church burglary occurred.

The two suspects were booked into the Lamar County Jail and both were later denied bond in the incident.

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