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Fourth suspect arrested in Martha Bowman church burglary

Bibb County deputies have arrested a fourth person in connection with last week’s burglary at Martha Bowman United Memorial Methodist Church.

Benjamin Ryan Brantley, 18, of Dogwood Circle, was arrested Wednesday afternoon and is charged with burglary and vandalism of a place of worship, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

Brantley is being held at the Bibb County jail on $2,400 bond, according to the release.

Matthew Steven Scroggins, 19, of Windemere Circle; 21-year-old Matthew Patrick Brown, of Lower Thomaston Road; and an unidentified 16-year-old boy were arrested earlier this week and are charged with burglary and vandalism of a place of worship.

Scroggins and Brown have been released on $2,400 bond, according to jail records.

The 16-year-old boy, also a resident of north Bibb County, was released into his parents’ custody.

Deputies have said Brown was a member of the church located on Bass Road. Additional arrests are expected, according to the release.

Vandals broke into locked rooms through Sheetrock walls late Jan. 29 or early Jan. 30 and stole safes, cash, musical instruments, electronic equipment, laptop computers and computer monitors.

Investigators are working to locate the musical instruments and laptop computers stolen during the burglary.

Macon Regional CrimeStoppers Board Chairman Warren Selby said the computers have vital church information.

“It would be very helpful if they were recovered,” Selby said.

The church is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for the recovery of the items, he said.

Anyone with information about the burglary or stolen items is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 746-9441 or CrimeStoppers at (877) 68-CRIME.

To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.

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