Church burglary suspect nabbed in North Carolina
by GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
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A second person is in the custody of law enforcement in North Carolina after he fled Cleveland.

Clint A. Neice, 25, has been arrested and is awaiting extradition to Tennessee, according to Detective Bill Parks of the Cleveland Police Department. Police had issued warrants for his arrest.

Neice and Justin Bazzano, 25, were both tagged as suspects in recent church burglaries.

Saint Therese Catholic Church was struck twice by burglars who took an undisclosed amount of cash. The burglaries were reported within 72 hours of each other, according to interim Lt. Matt Jenkins of CPD’s Criminal Investigations Division.

Bazzano was taken into custody at Horizon Square Apartments on Friday. Police then made contact with Neice, who later reportedly fled the city.

South Cleveland United Methodist Church and North Cleveland Baptist Church also fell victim to burglaries during which office areas were entered and cash was taken, according to reports.

Central Church of Christ was the scene of an attempted burglary, according to a church official.

The building was not breached, but evidence of the attempt was present.

Bazzano was charged with two counts of burglary, two counts of vandalism over $500 and two counts of theft over $1,000, according to CPD information officer Evie West.

Parks said the investigation is continuing and other charges or arrests are possible.

- Someone removed a screen from a window to gain entry to a home on Rolling Brook Drive, then burglarized the residence.

According to a report filed by deputy Brandon Coffel, Amie Miller noticed someone had taken the screen and then forced the window open.

An Xbox game console was missing from the home.

Detective Michael Hughes of the Criminal Investigations Division of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office was notified of the theft.

Miller valued the system at $500.