Robber steals from Gold Hill church members
    January 17 2011 by Dianna L. Cagle, BR Assistant Managing Editor

    Crime happens.

    Even at the local church level.

    On a recent Sunday morning while Toney Parsons was preaching to his congregation at Gold Hill First Baptist Church, a man began taking things from cars in the parking lot.

    “It’s been a constant battle,” Parsons said.

    When the 140-year-old church was building a new building four years ago someone came and stripped all the wiring.

    Afterwards, copper was stolen along with two catalytic converters from a church van and a member’s van. Three air conditioning/heating units have also been taken. Someone has even written “666” on church doors.

    About three months ago, Parsons said the church installed video cameras near the rear of the church. And three more cameras are being added at the front after this latest incident.

    “We had put them in back and are in the process of installing them in front,” Parsons said.

    The cameras pick up movement and begin recording. Parsons said the only way they knew to check the video Jan. 9 was because several people reported things missing — cell phones, GPS devices, money, tools, rifles, etc.

    The video showed a sport utility vehicle entering the parking lot and the suspect wearing a dark-colored toboggan, dark jacket and a pair of tan or khaki pants, according to a Salisbury Post article.

    Parsons and the Gold Hill congregation have taken necessary precautions, said Detective Carl Dangerfield, with the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office.

    The church has added a fence and new lighting as well as the video cameras.

    “You could land a plane there with as many lights as we have now,” Parsons said.

    With the increased security measures comes increased cost, but Parsons said it is for the safety of the congregation members. The church has added a security team that routinely patrols the lot but the robber came between patrols.

    Parsons said he “never would have thought in a million years that something like this would happen” at church.

    “There’s not that many trees for people to hide in,” he said. “They’ll come in and strike and they’re gone.”

    Suspect Kayce Wayne Adams, 31, was arrested Jan. 14 and is being held in Rowan County Detention Center under $178,000 secured bond. The married father of four was under surveillance by Stanly County authorities and was arrested during a traffic stop set up by Rowan County authorities who had warrants for his arrest. A Salisbury Post article said Adams was an admitted drug user.

    Of the 29 charges, six were generated in Rowan County. The majority came from Kannapolis, Concord and Cabarrus counties, Dangerfield said. Stanly and Davidson counties are also continuing their investigations against Adams.

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    1/17/2011 6:56:00 AM by Dianna L. Cagle, BR Assistant Managing Editor | with 0 comments

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