Lufkin, TX (KTRE) - Deputies with the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 53-year-old man on May 10 in connection to thefts that occurred at an Angelina County church in the early morning hours of May 4.
Surveillance videos inside the Bountiful Blessings Church in Angelina County captured footage of the man moving around in the auditorium and taking several pieces of sound equipment valued at total of about $3,410, according to an arrest affidavit.
Pastor Jimmy Davis said that and his congregation recently moved to a newly purchased location with musical equipment valued at $7000 to $8000. He said the sound equipment was bought in January.
The theft occurred around 2:45 a.m. on May 4.
Davis followed up by filing a report with the Angelina County Sheriff’s Office and giving the serial numbers for the stolen equipment to aid in the investigation.
Davis is not discouraged; he knows things will work out for the best, and he provided by quoting a Scripture.
“'And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them that are called according to his purpose - Romans 8:28,'” Davis said.
Orval Lee Edwards, 53, of Lufkin is still being held in the Angelina County Jail on a third-degree felony theft from a non-profit organization charge. No bond amount has been set for his charge.
According to the arrest affidavit, an Angelina County Sheriff’s Office sergeant was dispatched out to the Bountiful Blessings in reference to a report of a burglary. When he arrived at the scene, he made contact with Davis.
The church’s pastor said multiple items of sound equipment were stolen from inside the church. Davis told the ACSO sergeant that he noticed multiple items from the stage area and the sound booth, so he checked the footage from the surveillance camera for that part of the church.
Davis showed the surveillance video to the ACSO sergeant who obtained the arrest affidavit, and the sergeant saw the suspect take multiple microphones valued at $810 each, a Roland VR09 keyboard valued at about $800. A Fender Passport event sound mixer valued at $900, and a Euro Power PMP6000 sound mixer valued at $800, the affidavit stated.
The total value of the items that were taken was about $3,410.
In the video, the man could be seen putting the microphones into what appeared to be a blue bucket, the affidavit stated.
Davis also told the ACSO sergeant that he was unsure if any other items were missing. However, the suspect also allegedly went into the office area and opened drawers to the desks in both offices and left them ajar.
According to the affidavit, Davis told the ACSO sergeant that he was unsure how the suspect got into the church and that there was no damage done to the doors or windows. He added that he believed that everything was locked.
The ACSO sergeant wrote in the affidavit that he reviewed the still photos made from the surveillance video footage and decided that the man seen taking the items was Edwards based on multiple previous encounters with the man, the affidavit stated.
The ASCO sergeant obtained the affidavit on May 7.
Edwards was arrested in the Apple Springs area by the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office and booked into the Angelina County Jail on May 10.