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Milner police chief arrests church burglary suspect

Acting on a tip from a concerned citizen, Milner police chief Jake Sutton was able to arrest an alleged burglar within minutes of his having broken into Greater Spring Hill Baptist Church at 117 Locust Street Monday. Aldine Kimbell, a 30-year-old white male who resides in Milner at 123 Moore Street, was captured near Mt. Sinai Church on Garden Circle, also in Milner. His appearance and clothing matched a description of a suspicious person called in earlier by the alert citizen. Kimbell attempted to flee on foot but was quickly apprehended without further incident. A quick check learned he was wanted in Griffin and Spalding County for probation violations. Kimbell was taken to the Lamar County jail and Sutton checked both churches. Greater Spring Hill had been burglarized. In that it is a place of worship, the case was turned over to the GBI. All items stolen from the church were recovered, Sutton said. Kimbell now faces additional charges of burglary and obstruction of an officer. ”It is imperative that our citizens continue to become involved and pass on information they observe. In this case, the detail provided alowed us to locate this subject while he still had possession of the stolen objects,” Sutton said. He noted this kind of tip is what is expected of the Neighborhod Watch program he, sheriff Larry Waller and Barnesvile police chief Chuck Keadle are trying to implement. Sutton also praised the support and assistance his department received from the LCSO and GBI.

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