HPD: Woman accused of breaking into church, charged with burglary

HPD: Woman accused of breaking into church, charged with burglary

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A woman is behind bars after being accused of breaking into a Hattiesburg church, according to the Hattiesburg Police Department.

HPD responded to Sweet Pilgrim Baptist Church on 510 Dumas Ave. in reference to an alarm call early Tuesday morning.

Around 2 a.m., HPD arrested Shaina Patton, 27 of Gulfport, as she was leaving the building.

According to HPD, there was damage inside the church and some items were taken and then recovered.

Patton was booked in to the Forrest County Jail.

She was charged with burglary and malicious mischief. Her bond has been set at $40,000 (30,000 for burglary and $10,000 for malicious mischief).

The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to call HPD at 601-544-7900 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 601-582-STOP.