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Pair of UC men face church burglary charges

Pair of UC men face church burglary charges

Posted: Wednesday, January 20, 2010 8:59 pm

 Two local men — including an ex-Marine who already faced charges of misrepresentation of decorations — have been charged in connection with a burglary at Sunswept Baptist Church in Union City. James R. Stewart of 415 North Second St., Union City, and Michael A. Kimmons of 415 Exchange St., Union City, were arrested Tuesday on charges of burglary and theft, according to a Union City Police Department report. Both were taken to the Obion County Law Enforcement Complex. Stewart’s arraignment is set for Thursday. Kimmons was arraigned Tuesday, with bond set at $10,000, according to records at the Obion County Sheriff’s Department. The charges were levied following a most recent break-in reported Tuesday at Sunswept Baptist Church, located at 205 South Sunswept Drive. The incident apparently occurred sometime between 5 p.m. Monday and 8 a.m. Tuesday, according to a police report. Police said the youth pastor’s office had been broken into and a 27th Judicial District Drug Task Force camera — which had been set up because of previous burglary incidents — had been taken and its power cord broken in two and left behind. An MP3 player was reported missing from the youth pastor’s office and three camera systems were reported stolen from the church’s audio-visual booth. The cameras were owned by a church member. Police received confidential information Tuesday that aided in the investigation and helped lead to the arrests. They have recovered the cameras from the audio-visual booth, as well as the broken DTF camera, according to the report. Stewart had been arrested in December by an Obion County Sheriff’s Department investigator on five misdemeanor charges of misrepresentation of decorations. The arrest came after the publication of a front-page feature story in the Dec. 4 edition of The Messenger. Ironically, the story told how the homeless Stewart was receiving help from the Open Door Ministry at Sunswept Baptist Church. Stewart’s account of his U.S. Marine Corps service and claims of having received numerous decorations were proven false by authorities who had a copy of the former Marine’s DD Form 214 — the official discharge certificate — which showed he had entered active duty with the Marine Corps on Jan. 31, 2008, and was released from active duty with a General Discharge under other than honorable conditions on Oct. 9, 2008. Published in The Messenger 1.20.10

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