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Church burglary suspect arrested

Friday, December 14, 2007

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Kenny Wayne Austin
COALMONT -- Another local church burglary was solved Friday with the arrest of a Coalmont man.

According to a press release by Indiana State Police Public Information Officer Sgt. Joe Watts, Kenny Wayne Austin Jr., 20, was taken into custody for his alleged involvement in the burglary of the Coalmont First Baptist Church earlier this month.

On Dec. 7, officials responded a burglary report at the church and found the south-side basement door of the church was forced open. Miscellaneous food items and cash totaling less than $100 were reported taken from the church during the burglary.

Austin was considered a suspect early by case investigators ISP Detective Sgt. Troy Stanton and Troopers Shilo Raulston and Matt Ames.

Footprints discovered in the snow leading away from the church, allegedly led to Austin's residence, which is approximately 60 yards east of the church.

Taken into custody shortly before 9 a.m., Friday, Austin was preliminarily charged with a class B felony for burglary. If convicted, Austin could face 6-20 years imprisonment and fines up to $10,000.

Austin is currently being held in the Clay County Jail with a $25,000 no 10 percent cash bond.


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Some ppl. would do anything. Hope he spends several nice years in prison.

-- Posted by Matt Dillion on Sat, Dec 15, 2007, at 12:36 PM

Genius......

"Footprints discovered in the snow leading away from the church, allegedly led to Austin's residence, which is approximately 60 yards east of the church."

-- Posted by Always_A_Laker_Fan on Mon, Dec 17, 2007, at 9:33 AM

LMAO! Most thieves aren't the brightest bulbs on the tree. ; )

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!

-- Posted by Emmes on Mon, Dec 17, 2007, at 10:44 AM

I can't help but wonder why this boy was stealing food and money from a church? I mean most churches have programs for those in need, all it takes is asking and maybe filling out an application. These young people have no sense of right and wrong these days!

-- Posted by Southernized on Mon, Dec 17, 2007, at 1:34 PM


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