Trio arrested, charged in connection to multiple church, business break-ins


MARION, Va. – Authorities arrested three people who they say are responsible for breaking into multiple churches and businesses in Marion, Virginia.

After more than a month of break-ins, on Oct. 26 the Marion Police Department and Smyth County Sheriff's Department arrested three men in connection with the burglaries.

Marcus Hunter Moran, 22, Brandon Allen Hutton, 22, and Nicholas Ryan Sheets, 21, were arrested as part of the investigation.  

Authorities say items recovered include electronic and audio-visual equipment, computers and an undisclosed amount of cash.  

The group is accused of break-ins at Dean's Bikes on Main Street, Calvary Baptist Church, First Baptist Church, Grace United Methodist Church and Mt. Zion Temple Church.

Authorities say they also recovered additional stolen property from a break-in at South Fork Baptist Church in Smyth County.  

All three suspects are charged with breaking and entering, and grand larceny.

Additional charges are pending and additional arrests are expected as the investigation continues.

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