Two teenagers arrested in Philadelphia church burglaries

PHILADELPHIA, Miss. (WTOK) - Two teenagers are charged with four counts of commercial burglary for break-ins at Philadelphia churches, East Philadelphia Baptist Church, Philadelphia Church of Christ, Trinity Baptist Church and South Side Methodist Church.

“Any time somebody’s business or property is broken into it's unfortunate, but when you have four churches in a couple of days, that’s really an eye opener,” said Interim Police Chief Julian Greer.

Greer said his department was able to gather evidence from the scene of the crimes, but a citizen’s tip led to the identification of the suspects, who are underage.

“The Philadelphia Police Department got a call about a possible suspect and a lead in the case. Investigators followed that lead and were able to identify two suspects and made an arrest,” said Greer.

Greer reassured the public that his department is always working hard to keep the community safe.

“Our investigators and patrol officers have been very diligent in getting out and trying to find leads, checking suspicious people in the area and been really getting out canvasing the area,” said he said.

Greer says it appears nothing was stolen in the burglaries, but church buildings were damaged.