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Man charged in string of Goldsboro church break-ins

Posted January 29, 2020 3:07 p.m. EST
Updated January 29, 2020 3:22 p.m. EST

Devin Charles Singleton

— A Goldsboro man arrested early Wednesday when police caught him inside a local church has been charged in a string of church break-ins in recent weeks.

Police responding to an alarm at Branch Memorial Tabernacle Church, at 500 Gulley St., at about 1:15 p.m. found Devin Charles Singleton inside the church. Singleton was injured trying to flee before his arrest, police said.

Singleton, 27, of Creekside Drive, was charged with two counts each of breaking and entering a place of worship and injury to real property and one count each of possession of stolen goods, injury to personal property, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting a public officer. He was being held in the Wayne County jail under $22,000 bond.

Singleton has been linked to the following church break-ins:

  • Branch Memorial Tabernacle Church on Dec. 16 and Dec. 17. A piece of plywood was kicked in both times to gain entry, and a Samsung tablet was stolen. About $320 in damage was reported.
  • New St. John AME Church, at 1307 S. Slocumb St., on Dec. 29. A rear window was broken to get inside, and a leaf blower and cleaning supplies were taken. About $200 in damage was reported.
  • First African Baptist Church, at 803 Harris St., on Jan. 3. A television, a credit card and other items were taken, and $2,500 in damage was reported.
  • New Stoney Hill Untied Holy Church, at 1003 Popular St., on Jan. 4. A hammer and $200 in cash were taken, and a watch suspected of belonging to the burglar was found during the cleanup. About $2,900 in damage was reported.
  • St. Andrews Episcopal Church, at 901 Harris St., on Jan. 8 and Jan. 13. The burglar entered through a kitchen window and stole a projector, a portable CD player and $90 in cash, and a safe and a knife sharpener were damaged.
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