JUNE 16, 1997
Woodinville man charged with church burglaries
A 24-year-old transient arrested during a traffic stop in Bothell on June 5 has been charged with two counts of second-degree burglary for robbing a Kenmore and a North Seattle church, according to papers filed by the King County Prosecutor's Office June 10.
Charging papers also indicate Brent Edward Jeffries, whose last address is his parents' Woodinville home, may be responsible for more than 40 local church burglaries in north King County and south Snohomish County.
According to papers, Jeffries allegedly broke into the Bethany Baptist Church at 6214 NE Bothell Way in Kenmore between Nov. 3 and 4 and stole checks and cash. Police also suspect he stole a computer, a Canon camera, a wireless microphone, and credit cards from the pastor's office. A 1990 Dodge Ram church van was also reported missing at the time.
A man attempting to cash a $300 check from the church was arrested Nov. 4 at a Seattle Seafirst Bank. He told police that he got the check from Jeffries.
According to the papers, the van was recovered in the University District, and Jeffries burned the checks. Prints taken from the church matched those on file of Jeffries. King County Police put out a warrant for his arrest at that time.
The second burglary occurred at a church in North Seattle on April 14 where a safe and an Apple Macintosh laptop computer were stolen from the office of another pastor. According to the papers, Jeffries pawned the computer at Baby Boomer Pawn Shop in Woodinville. The papers allege Jeffries admitted to burglarizing the church and stealing the computer.
Jeffries is being held on $25,000 bail in the King County Jail. He has previously been convicted for damaging a building with explosives, according to the papers.