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UPDATE: Couple accused of church burglary arrested in Texas

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Surveillance cameras caught these two in the church. Surveillance cameras caught these two in the church.
Varnell, GA (WRCB) -

UPDATE: Varnell police say that the couple accused of the burglary of a Georgia church has been found and arrested.

Matthew Price and Heather Price will be extradited to Whitfield County to face numerous felony charges from Varnell Police Department in connection to the Harvest Baptist Church burglary and vandalism, where thousands of dollars worth of electronics were taken.

The couple was captured by the United States Marshal Service an Austin, Texas, Friday afternoon, according to a post on the VPD Facebook page.


PREVIOUS STORY: Varnell police continue searching for the couple they say broke into a church last week.

Police identified the couple as Matt and Heather Price over the weekend.

Saturday, Chief Lyle Grant posted on Facebook asking for Matt and Heather to turn themselves into the Whitfield County jail by 4 p.m. on Sunday.

The couple did not turn themselves in and warrants for Burglary, Criminal Trespass, and Vandalism to a Place of Worship were issued for each suspect.

Police say the couple stole thousands of dollars worth of musical instruments and electronics from Harvest Baptist Church.

Police say the couple fled to Randolf County, Alabama. The Varnell Police Department contacted the local sheriff's office and the Roanoke Police Department for help with catching the pair.

Due to the couple targeting a place of worship, VPD says it will also call in the US Marshal Service for help.

If you have any information about this case, please call VPD at 706-694-3141.

Stay with WRCBtv.com for updates to this story.


PREVIOUS STORY: Police in north Georgia are searching for two thieves who stole thousands of dollars worth of instruments and electronics from a church.

Surveillance video captured the man and woman who officers say are responsible for the break-in at Harvest Baptist Church.

"We're still trying to assess what's missing in this room because everything's so out of place," Patty Hasty, a church member said.

Hasty is struggling to understand why her church was targeted. She's been a member of Harvest Baptist for 14 years.

"This is a second home to us and we feel really violated as a group of people," Hasty said.   

A piece of surveillance video is helping investigators. It shows a man and a woman roaming the halls of the church late Monday night.

They disabled the system shortly after being caught on camera. Varnell's police chief has a message for the burglars.

"Start counting your free days. Your days are limited. We're coming for ya," Chief Lyle Grant of the Varnell Police Department.

Church members did not notice the break-in until Wednesday when they attended service.

Thieves stole a computer monitor, security camera, soundboard equipment, a TV, and video camera. They also took two electric guitars, an amplifier, a speaker, and microphones.

All of it is worth around $8,000.

"It's almost like either they have been to other churches and they know the ropes or they've possibly been to this one and maybe cased out the place ahead of time," Hasty said.

Hasty does not recognize the two people in the video, but she hopes someone in the community does. In the meantime, she and other church members are working to clean up the mess. 

"We have quite a bit of work to do before we can even have service," Hasty said.

Varnell police have received several tips from the community about who may be responsible, but no arrests have been made yet.

If you have any information, give them a call at 706-694-3141 or private message the Varnell PD's Facebook page.

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