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Second suspect in church burglaries in local custody
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A second teen has been arrested in connection with a string of church burglaries earlier this year.

Johnny Roque, 18, is charged with three counts each of second degree burglary, criminal trespass and theft by taking, as well as criminal attempt in Dawson County.

He is facing similar charges in Lumpkin County, where he was arrested in July.

Dawson County Sheriff's Capt. Tony Wooten said local warrants were issued for Roque last month.

Authorities in both counties say Roque and 20-year-old Skyler William Michaelson took an estimated $40,000 in musical equipment and electronics from more than a dozen churches between February and July.

In Dawson County, Michaelson was charged with three counts each of second-degree burglary, theft by taking and criminal trespass, as well as four counts of criminal attempt to commit to a felony.

He was arrested after a parishioner at Corinth Church in Dahlonega launched his own search and found items missing from the church on Craigslist.

From there, Lumpkin investigators set up a sting in an attempt to buy stolen items.

It was during the undercover operation that Michaelson fled and led authorities on a chase that ended off Harmony Church Road in Dawson County. He surrendered a short time later.

 

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