Crescent Valley Church in Cherokee County burns after 2 burglaries; same suspect thought responsible

WOODALL, Okla. - A Cherokee County church was the scene of two burglaries and a fire this week and investigators believe the same suspect is responsible.

Early Tuesday morning, Undersheriff Jason Chennault says someone broke into Crescent Valley Church on Highway 62 in the Woodall area and stole money, electronics and food.

Chennault says the suspect or suspects left behind burglary tools and a purple Sacramento Kings ball cap, which are being turned over to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation for fingerprint and DNA analysis.

Then early Wednesday morning, a fire was reported at the church. Crews from Woodall, Tahlequah and Fort Gibson Fire Departments responded, containing the fire to the youth building on the west side of the church.

After the fire was extinguished, church staff discovered the church was again burglarized.

Investigators believe the same suspect is responsible for both burglaries and the fire.

The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office and the Oklahoma State Fire Marshal's Office are investigating the cause of the fire, which hasn't been determined to be intentional or accidental.

Deputies are also investigating the burglaries.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Chennault, Sgt. Casey Baker or Investigator Justin Hackworth at (918) 456-2583.

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