Pair charged with church burglary
BRADLEY COUNTY, TN (WRCB)-- A church janitor and another person have been charged with burglary after a theft from the offices of Mt. Olive Church of God.
An official discovered the theft during a Thanksgiving Day visit to the church on Harrison Pike.
An investigation revealed the building and two offices were accessed with a key but forced entry was made into a third office.
The church's loss included a laptop computer, an Xbox 360, a checkbook, and safe containing church documents.
Detectives identified 50 year-old Debbie Renee Eslinger, who provided the church's janitorial service, as a possible suspect.
During an interview with Eslinger they learned the identity of another possible suspect, Torrey Rin Hayes, who is 24 years old.
Eslinger and Hayes have been charged with burglary and theft over $500.
Eslinger is also charged with false reports for making false statements to investigators during the interview.
Additional investigation revealed the Xbox had been sold but detectives were able to identify the purchaser and it was recovered.
A hearing was held Wednesday morning in General Sessions Court where their bonds were set at $15,000. Both are due back in court on December 20.
Hayes has a no bond probation violation warrant from Hamilton County and will remain in custody.