The Rankin County Sheriff's Office issued the following statements and mug shots:
(#2) Investigators just arrested Elizabeth Lauren Guy of Brandon for the burglary. She has confessed to investigators as to her involvement. She has also implicated Anna Paige Smith in the burglaries. Investigators will be requesting an arrest warrant for SMITH.
(#1)On June 20, 2016 employees of St. Marks United Methodist Church on Grants Ferry Road opened the doors to find areas of the church had been vandalized overnight.
|Elizabeth Lauren Guy (21 years old)|
Two females entered the cafeteria of the church removing food scattering it throughout the building. A maker was used to write obscenities on several tables in the dining hall. The suspects then entered an office where they were able to locate and steal some church funds.
Once in the office, they gained access to a master key and open most of the rooms in the church and vandalized those areas by either writing obscenities or throwing items around the room. Before leaving the building, the duo adjusted the sprinkler system causing the parking lot flood.
The church has good surveillance video of two females and we hope to have arrests made by the end of the day. The video will play a large role in getting a conviction on the two. There were additional items of evidence collected on scene by investigators.
For individuals to enter a place of worship and commit the acts perpetrated at St. Marks goes behind human decency. We will catch them and rest assured District Attorney Guest will prosecute them then our judges will give them the time they deserve.
|Anna Paige Smith (21 years old)|
According to Mississippi law, the maximum sentence for church burglary is fourteen years.
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