Man arrested after stealing from Jonesboro church

Man arrested after stealing from Jonesboro church

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Jonesboro police arrested a man they say stole from the Refuge Church of Assembly of God.

The incident occurred at 6:49 p.m. on July 20, according to the incident report.

Officers responded to the 1500-block of Stone Street after being contacted about a burglary in progress.

When they arrived on the scene, officers saw signs of forced entry at a home on the property of Refuge Church of Assembly of God.

Officers spoke to two men from the church who said the home was property of the church and is used as extra classrooms for Sunday school.

One of the men said he was at the main church building when he saw the suspect disappear inside the home.

The witness said he then went to the home to check on things and saw the back door was open and a window was broken.

The witness said he heard someone rummaging through things in the home and he went to the front of the home to call police.

Police then asked the men if anything was missing in the home.

According to the men, among the items missing were an Element flat screen television and two projectors.

The south side of the home was also damaged with the doorknob beaten off to gain entry to the home.

A nail puller was found in the home and logged into evidence.

Police found 30-year-old Douglas Arthur Gray, of Jonesboro at a nearby apartment and took him into custody.

The witness at the church confirmed that Gray was who he saw near the home.

Gray was taken to the Craighead County Detention Center on suspicion of burglary and he was arrested on a Whit Warrant.

According the Craighead County Sheriff's Office website, Gray has been arrested on burglary charges and contempt of court.

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