Waynesboro Police Make Arrest in Mennonite Church Break-In

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City of Waynesboro Police Department
Press Release

The Waynesboro Police Department has arrested a Waynesboro woman for the August 12 break in to the Waynesboro Mennonite Church.  Sarah Kay Drenning, 31 years old, has been charged on a felony count of willingly or maliciously destroying church property and a misdemeanor count of trespassing on church property at night.  She also faces a felony count of possession of bath salts which stems from an incident on April 30, 2013.

Drenning is free on a personal recognizance bond.

Previous Release August 12  - City of Waynesboro Police Department
Press Release

The Waynesboro Police Department is investigating an overnight citywide crime spree involving a burglary at a church, vandalisms and theft at a construction site. At 8:30 PM on August 11, officers took reports at residences in the 2300 & 2400 blocks of Cortland St and the 1100 block of Lyndhurst Rd that had had picture windows shot with marbles.  In addition, two vehicles from the 500 block of Maple Ave and the 1400 block of Madison St had windows shot out with unknown projectiles, possibly marbles.  The damage on all five vandalisms is estimated at $2800.

Just after midnight on August 12, officers responded to Waynesboro Mennonite Church, 1801 Monroe St, after a nearby resident noticed activity around the building.  When officers arrived,  they found a glass door on the east side of the building had been shattered.  The inside of church had blood smeared on the walls, floor, doors and desks of the office and hallway.  The assailants also stole a computer.  The damage from the burglary is estimated at $700.

At 8:00 AM today, officers responded to the construction site of the CVS Pharmacy at 1235 West Broad St for a report of a theft of scrap metal.  P&S Electric, one of the subcontractors, indicated that approximately $3000 was taken sometime over the weekend.

Officers recovered evidence in many of the incidents which will be sent off for analysis.  The Police Department is asking citizens to be on the lookout for anyone who has recently sustained an injury, e.g. serious laceration. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the Waynesboro Police Department at (540) 942-6675 or Central Shenandoah Crime Stoppers at 1(800)322-2017.  Information given to Crime Stoppers may be given anonymously.  Callers with information that lead to an arrest in this case are eligible for a cash reward of up to $1000.

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