UPDATE (12/14/16, 2:15 PM) An arrest has been made in connection with this case.
UPDATE (11/30/16, 3:00 PM) We have identified and interviewed the suspect in this case and have recovered the stolen computer. We will be seeking warrants and arresting the suspect soon.
The Dalton Police Department is asking for the public’s help identifying a man who broke into a Dalton church, and stole a computer. The man also wrote messages on a dry-erase board in a children’s classroom and a classroom sign-in sheet that officials described as satanic.
The burglary happened at the First United Methodist Church at 500 South Thornton Avenue during the early morning hours of November 21st. A young white male entered the church through the daycare area entrance. The suspect cut the cables to one of the surveillance cameras in the church, but not before it captured a clear image of his face. Other cameras were left operating. The suspect spent three hours wandering the halls of the church. The suspect stole a laptop computer before leaving.
The suspect is a white male who wore a gray zip up hooded sweatshirt over a navy blue hooded shirt. When he entered the church, both hoods were over his head. He wore gloves and an attempt at a mustache. Two pictures of the suspect are included with this release.
Below: The suspect was photographed by the church’s surveillance system