Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office Searching for Church Burglary Suspect

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The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office is searching for an 18-year-old man suspected of burglarizing a local church last week.

According to Sheriff Ted Paxton, the agency has issued a warrant for burglary for Allen Michael Dyer, 18, of Cumming. The Warrant Unit is actively searching for Dyer at this time. However, the public is asked to contact the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office at 770-781-2222 or the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 770-888-7308 if anyone has information regarding the whereabouts of Dyer.

On Thursday, June 28 around 4 p.m., the Sheriff’s Office received a call from individuals who had arrived to clean Friendship Baptist Church located at 2250 Friendship Circle in west Forsyth County. Upon their arrival, they noticed a broken window. After further inspection, the individuals found that a log had been shoved through a back ground floor window of the church. In addition, cigarette butts were found on the floor of the sanctuary.

After the arrival of deputies, they found that a door had been kicked in to a storage building and that areas of the church had been ransacked. Reported missing from the church were a laptop computer, some walkie talkie radios and an unknown amount of change.

“Some considerable damage had been done to the church and its surrounding buildings. Investigators did an extensive canvassing of the area and talked with people from the church in order to develop a suspect,” Sheriff Paxton added. “We had some people to come forward and tell us that Dyer had told them he committed the burglary. They also saw some of the stolen items.”

A warrant was secured for Dyer on Monday.

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