Man accused of breaking into NC church arrested at Walmart

Man accused of breaking into NC church arrested at Walmart
Clayton Eugene Darr (Lenoir Police Department)

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Police in Lenoir say they used security footage to find a man who broke into a local church at a nearby Walmart.

The break-in happened around 9 a.m. at the South Lenoir Church of God on Hickory Boulevard. When officers to the alarm call, they found the door was damaged as if someone forced their way in.

The officers reviewed security footage which revealed the suspect was driving a black Ford F-150 with a camper shell on the back. That truck was found a short time later at the Walmart on Blowing Rock Boulevard.

The officers searched the Walmart and found the suspect, identified as 58-year-old Clayton Eugene Darr, inside.

Darr was arrested, charged with breaking and entering into a place of worship, and given a $30,000 bond.

Investigators say it’s unclear if anything was stolen from the church. The damage to the door is was valued at $250.

“It is sad when anybody is victimized by another person, but it is especially concerning when individuals decide to victimize a place of worship," said Chief Brent Phelps. "I’m proud of the diligent work by our responding officers and the alert narcotics officer that located the suspect vehicle and then the suspect within a short time period. Mr. Darr being located this quickly is an example of professional police work.”

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