published Thursday, August 18th, 2011

Rossville man charged with breaking into church

A 22-year-old has been charged with burglary after he was found sitting inside a church with a guitar in his lap.

Jesse Sweat, of 37 Talley Ave., in Rossville, is charged in connection with a break-in at Bible Church, located just down the street from Sweat’s residence on Talley, said Walker County Sheriff Steve Wilson.

About 1 a.m. Tuesday, deputies were called to the church after someone reported suspicious noises coming from inside, Wilson said. Deputies discovered the church had been forcibly entered and found Sweat sitting inside with a guitar on his lap, the sheriff said.

A strong odor of alcohol was coming off Sweat, Wilson said.

Sweat was taken to the Walker County Jail and later released on a $2,500 bond, Wilson said. He is scheduled to appear in Walker County Superior Court in November, he said.

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