Custer is charged in burglaries
by GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
Apr 16, 2014 | 1237 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Preston Custer
Preston Custer

One person is in custody after a reported string of burglaries occurred during the weekend.

According to Detective Steve Ross of the Cleveland Police Department Criminal Investigations Division, video security cameras captured an image of the suspect, which subsequently led to his arrest and recovery of some of the stolen property.

CPD Information Officer Evie West identified Preston Custer, 24, as the person seen on the video evidence recovered from Bowman Hills Seventh-day Adventist Church.

The burglary and vandalism to property at the church occurred Monday morning, according to West.

Ross said the video “clearly showed Custer removing electronics from a kindergarten class at the church.”

Detectives Ross, Matt Jenkins and Lt. Steve Tyson responded to the church along with crime scene technician Shane Clark, to collect evidence left behind by the alleged perpetrator.

Just hours before, a number of vehicles parked at the VFW were burglarized. The VFW property and the church are a short distance from each other.

According to West, at least a dozen vehicles had been burglarized prior to the church break-in.

Officer intelligence and the video footage were credited with leading to Custer’s arrest.

Custer was charged with 12 counts of burglary of an auto, burglary and theft over $10,000, and vandalism.

He was placed under a $70,000 bond and is being held at the Bradley County Jail, according to West.

- Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting Roadside Safety Checkpoints in Bradley County and Polk County beginning in two weeks.

Officials will be checking for seat belt usage in Bradley County and performing sobriety checkpoints in Polk County.

The checkpoints will be set up in random location in the county.

According to THP officials, checkpoints are an effective means of recognizing the dangers presented to the driving public, by motorists who would violate the laws of the state.

All scheduled checkpoints are contingent upon weather conditions and manpower availability.