Fifth arrest made in Martha Bowman church burglary

A fifth person has been arrested in connection with the Jan. 30 burglary of Martha Bowman United Methodist Church, according to the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office.

Brandon George Bettencourtt, 18, of King Alfred Drive, was charged with theft by receiving Tuesday, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

He was released on $1,200 bond Tuesday, according to jail records.

Bettencourtt is accused of assisting four other people previously charged in connection with the burglary by storing and selling items stolen from the church, according to the release.

There are no indications that Bettencourtt participated in the burglary, according to the release.

Benjamin Ryan Brantley, 18, of Dogwood Circle; Matthew Steven Scroggins, 19, of Windemere Circle; Matthew Patrick Brown, 21, of Lower Thomaston Road; and an unidentified 16-year-old boy have been charged with burglary and vandalism of a place of worship.

The group is accused of breaking into locked rooms, through Sheetrock walls late Jan. 29 or early Jan. 30, and stealing safes, cash, musical instruments, electronic equipment, laptop computers and computer monitors.Information from The Telegraph’s archives was included in this report.