FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Feb­ru­ary 10, 2015

Four Men Charged with Mul­ti­ple Church Bur­glar­ies in Union County

Union Coun­ty State’s Attor­ney Tyler R. Edmonds announced the fol­low­ing have been charged in con­nec­tion with church bur­glar­ies occur­ring in Union Coun­ty in Decem­ber 2014 and Jan­u­ary 2015:

Gar­ret L. Green (DOB 3/12/1993) of Cre­al Springs, Illi­nois has been indict­ed by the Union Coun­ty Grand Jury on two (2) counts of Bur­glary, both Class 1 Felonies and two (2) counts of Theft, both Class 4 Felonies.  The Judge set bail at fifty thou­sand dol­lars ($50,000.00) with 10% bond to apply.

Aaron J. Hen­der­son (DOB 3/13/1992) of Mar­i­on, Illi­nois has been indict­ed by the Union Coun­ty Grand Jury on four (4) counts of Bur­glary, all Class 1 Felonies, one (1) count of Theft, a Class 2 Felony and one (1) count of Theft, a Class 4 Felony.  The Judge set bail at sev­en­ty-five thou­sand dol­lars ($75,000.00) with 10% bond to apply.

Kaleb S. Ter­ry (DOB 1/18/1995) of Mar­i­on, Illi­nois has been indict­ed by the Union Coun­ty Grand Jury on six (6) counts of Bur­glary, all Class 1 Felonies, one (1) count of Theft, a Class 2 Felony and three (3) counts of Theft, all Class 4 Felonies.  The Judge set bail at one hun­dred thou­sand dol­lars ($100,000.00) with 10% bond to apply.

George B. K. Smith (DOB 7/4/1992) of Her­rin, Illi­nois has been indict­ed by the Union Coun­ty Grand Jury on six (6) counts of Bur­glary, all Class 1 Felonies, one (1) count of Theft, a Class 2 Felony and three (3) counts of Theft, all Class 4 Felonies.  The Judge set bail at one hun­dred thou­sand dol­lars ($100,000.00) with 10% bond to apply.

The four were charged as part of an inves­ti­ga­tion regard­ing the bur­glary of numer­ous church­es in Union Coun­ty includ­ing Salem Luther­an Church in Jones­boro, First Luther­an Church in Don­go­la and Unit­ed Mis­sion­ary Bap­tist Church, New Hope Bap­tist Church, Ebenez­er Hall Cum­ber­land Pres­by­ter­ian Church and Sarato­ga Church in rur­al Union Coun­ty.  The inves­ti­ga­tion was con­duct­ed by the Union Coun­ty Sheriff’s Office, Anna Police and the Mar­i­on Police Depart­ment.  The Mar­i­on Police Depart­ment appre­hend­ed the men in Jan­u­ary of 2015.  All four men are being held in the Williamson Coun­ty Jail in Mar­i­on, Illinois.

The Union Coun­ty State’s Attorney’s Office reminds the pub­lic that charges are not evi­dence of guilt.  A defen­dant is pre­sumed inno­cent and is enti­tled to a fair tri­al in which the gov­ern­ment has the bur­den of prov­ing guilt beyond a rea­son­able doubt.

Media: Please con­tact the Union Coun­ty Sheriff’s Office at (618) 833‑5500 for any avail­able book­ing photographs.