More information is available on a Toccoa couple charged in burglaries in both Stephens and Franklin counties.
Stephens County authorities arrested 22-year-old Megan Spearman and 23-year-old Joshua Spearman May 5 in connection to an alleged vehicle break-in at First Alliance Church of Toccoa.
According to Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley, the couple is suspected of committing two other burglaries in Martin.
Meanwhile, Franklin County Sheriff Stevie Thomas said the first burglary the two are charged with committing in Franklin County happened on May 4 at New Bethel Baptist Church off of State Route 320 in Carnesville.
“The church contacted 911 and they contacted the Sheriff’s office in reference to the church door being damaged and damage to the church,” Thomas said.
According to Thomas, the other church burglarized was King’s Branch Baptist Church on State Route 198 near the Banks County line.
In both cases, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office investigators say numerous items had been stolen.
Thomas said evidence collected at both scenes led investigators to place a look out for a gold Chevy Blazer SUV. That SUV was later found in the Wal-Mart parking lot in Toccoa, following the First Alliance vehicle break-in.
Thomas said Stephens County Sheriff’s Office deputies found some of the stolen property inside the Spearman’s SUV and his deputies recovered other items.
Both Joshua and Megan Spearman are each charged in Franklin County with two counts of burglary and two counts of vandalism to a place of worship.
In Stephens County, the Spearmans are charged with two counts of burglary, one count of entering auto, and one count of obstruction of law enforcement officers.
At last report, the couple remains in the Stephens County Detention Center with a hold on them for Franklin County.
(MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, contributed to this story)