Two Havelock men have been arrested in connection with a break-in and thefts at a local church.
Joel Isaac Anderson, 18, of no certain address, was arrested on Monday by Havelock Police.
A second man, Brian David O’Neil, 29, of 607 East Main Street in Havelock, was arrested late Tuesday.
Anderson is charged with misdemeanor breaking or entering a place of worship, felony larceny after breaking and entering, felony larceny of a motor vehicle and misdemeanor obtaining property false pretense.
According to Havelock Police Chief G. Wayne Cyrus, the break in happened at First Baptist Church at 111 Hollywood Boulevard in Havelock.
Cyrus said the break in occurred in the early morning hours of Dec. 22.
Anderson is alleged to have gained entry to the building by using a cinder block to break a window.
“He stole some stationary items, keys and electronic equipment and he removed the church van from the parking lot,” Cyrus said. “The van was left abandoned behind the Cinema 6 Theater on McCotter Boulevard and has been recovered.”
O’Neil, who was arrested late Tuesday afternoon, faces lesser charges. He is charged with obtaining property by false pretense.
“It does not appear that he (O’Neil) was actively involved in the break-in but he was involved in their attempts to dispose of the property at a local pawn shop,” Cyrus said.
Anderson was placed in the Craven County Detention Center under a $10,000 cash bond and had his first appearance on Tuesday. O’Neil appeared before a magistrate in Havelock late Tuesday and it isn’t known if he was given a bond.