The Covington News - - Local news sarah noel anderson carolyn loyd herrin -

blood on the Plex­i­glas cov­er­ing the win­dow where en­try was made as well as the win­dow it­self. He also no­ticed sev­eral drops of 90 de­gree blood spat­ter on the con­crete ramp be­low the win­dow. Blood was also found all over the win­dow blinds, the desk cal­en­dar, pos­tit notes and a card­board box in the cor­ner. The of­fice had also been ran­sacked, ac­cord­ing to the of­fi­cer. The com­plainant was un­sure, at the time, if any­thing was miss­ing due to the dis­ar­ray.

The of­fi­cer fol­lowed the blood trail and, ac­cord­ing to re­ports, could see the van­dal had left the pas­tor’s of­fice and forced en­try into the ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fice. He re­port­edly found blood on the ex­te­rior wall north of the door and on the door han­dle. The door frame was also splin­tered.

Once in­side the ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fice he no­ticed smeared blood on the floor, as if some­one had at­tempted to clean up. A roll of pa­per tow­els found on top of a file cab­i­net al­legedly had a bloody spot and the of­fi­cer lo­cated sev­eral bloody pa­per tow­els in the trash­can. That of­fice had also been ran­sacked, ac­cord­ing to re­ports.

The woman who called the bur­glary in was able to tell the of­fi­cer that a Dell tower com­puter, flat screen mon­i­tor, key­board and mouse had all been taken from the of­fice.

Straight ahead from the of­fice was a hall­way where the of­fi­cer could al­legedly see a large open room with a large blood trail go­ing through the room. It did not ap­pear that any­thing was both­ered in that par­tic­u­lar room.

How­ever, the door to the ac­count­ing room had been forced open, dam­ag­ing the door and frame, and the safe had been re­moved from the of­fice. The com­plainant was un­sure of the amount of money the safe may have con­tained, but did re­port­edly tell the of­fi­cer they had re­cently made a de­posit.

The blood trail con­tin­ued out the emer­gency exit door and down the fire stairs where it ended in the park­ing lot. A white towel with blood stains on it was al­legedly found in the park­ing lot at the south end of the church build­ing.

The of­fi­cer went to a nearby school to see if there were any stu­dents re­ported bleed­ing there. Ac­cord­ing to re­ports no one in the of­fice was aware of an in­jured stu­dent but they al­legedly told the of­fi­cer they did have a large area of blood found on the floor and in a stall of the fac­ulty bath­room.

Sur­veil­lance video from the school showed a young man in the area of the bath­room around 9 a.m. but fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion found he did not show any ma­jor in­juries con­sis­tent with the large amount of lost blood.

Ev­i­dence tech­ni­cian Her­rion Ervin was called to col­lect blood sam­ples from the church and the school, which were both sent to the Ge­or­gia Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion’s Crime Lab for pro­cess­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to CPD De­tec­tive D.J. Seals the blood ev­i­dence will be en­tered into the DNA data­base to see if there is a match on file. “Ob­vi­ously if we are deal­ing with a ju­ve­nile there prob­a­bly won’t be a match but if we are deal­ing with an adult there is a good chance we may get one,” he said. He added that even if the blood does not match any­one in the data­base it will still re­main there and could be help­ful in solv­ing crimes in the fu­ture, should this per­son con­tinue to break the law.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the bur­glary at Grace UMC is asked to con­tact the Cov­ing­ton Po­lice Depart­ment at 77-786-7605. Callers can re­main anony­mous.

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