- Church deacon who was on the property to do some repairs noticed the suspicious male walk from behind the church.
- The church deacon watched the male until police arrived.
- Candy wrappers found inside the church led police to believe the male was responsible for the burglary.
- The male reportedly told police that if he were going to be arrested for loitering and prowling, so should the deacon.
Less than 12 hours after being released from jail on his own recognizance on a loitering and prowling charge, a Lithonia man was back behind bars on suspicion of burglarizing a Dacula church.
The officer pulled into the Quik Trip and called the male over to him. The officer asked the man, later identified as D'Vonte Jordan, 19, of Lithonia, where he was going. Jordan, according to the report replied, "down the street in Snellville."
"I asked him for the address, but he stated that he didn't know the address," the officer wrote in the report. Jordan added that he had just been released from jail and had been walking ever since his release the previous evening. According to jail records, Jordan had been booked into the jail just after midnight on March 8 on a loitering and prowling charge. He was released on his own recognizance at 11:47 p.m. on March 9.
While the officer interviewed Jordan, another officer met with the church deacon who confirmed the male the officer was speaking with at QT was the man who had walked from behind the church. The other officer then went to the church where he discovered the building had been forcibly entered.
When informed that he had been seen coming from behind the church, Jordan reportedly claimed he had just been walking past. Jordan allegedly informed the officer that if he were going to be arrested for loitering and prowling on church property, then so should the witness who saw him there.
Jordan did not have any identification on him, but he did have candy in his pockets which he told the officer he had purchased from a store "down the street." Jordan allegedly claimed he had spent the night at a friend's house, but was unable to provide the officer with an address or directions to the house. The officer asked if Jordan could show him where his friend lived.
"I drove Mr. Jordan around for several minutes and he was unable to show me his friend's house and changed his story about where the house was located," the report stated.
The officer then transported Jordan back to the church to meet with the church deacon and other officers.
Inside the church, officers discovered candy wrappers matching the candy Jordan had in his pockets. The officer took photographs of the window where forced entry was made and all the offices and classrooms where candy wrappers were found. The officer also discovered a shoe print on an air conditioning unit beneath the window. The shoe print, the report stated, appeared to be "an exact match" for Jordan's shoe.
Jordan was placed under arrest on suspicion of burglary and transported back to the Gwinnett County Jail. He was booked into the jail at 10:54 a.m. on March 10. As of March 17, he remained jailed without bond.