Authorities have issued an arrest warrant for the teenager believed to have burglarized and vandalized a west Forsyth church last week.
The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office is looking for Allen Michael Dyer, 18, in connection with the incident at Friendship Baptist Church on Friendship Circle.
Sheriff’s Maj. Dan Jagoe said church members reported the overnight burglary Thursday afternoon.
According to a sheriff’s report, someone entered several buildings at the church by breaking or prying open windows or kicking in doors.
An undisclosed amount of money, a laptop computer and three walkie talkies were reported stolen and have not been recovered, Jagoe said.
According to Jagoe, some people interviewed by investigators have said Dyer “confided in them that he’d done the burglary.”
“Unfortunately, Mr. Dyer has fled the state,” he said.
Investigators believe Dyer, of an unknown address in Cumming, may have gone to Texas.
Sheriff’s Lt. Col. Gene Moss said the vandalism was “what seemed to upset some of the members there.”
A log had been shoved through a window, rooms had been ransacked and cigarette butts were found inside the sanctuary, according to the report.
The burglary was an “isolated incident in that area,” Moss said.
He added that deputies have since met with church members to offer tips on how to better secure the building.