Temptation proved to be too much for five people arrested for stealing from a New Hanover County church. Six video game systems were taken from Northside Baptist Church. Half have been recovered, even after thieves pawned them for cash. “Who steals from a church? People who don't know Christ,” said Pastor Kevin Brooks. Five people were caught on tape, three under the age of 18, stealing several Playstation systems, an X-box 360 and a Nintendo Wii from the Northside Baptist Church. Damages to the facility all together totaled about $3,200. Surveillance video caught four males pocketing the Playstations, as they ripped the consoles from the wall. On April 9th, the night of the crime, one of the suspects hid in the bathroom of the building until it closed for the night. When the lights were out, and everyone was gone, he let his friends in through the back door. The next morning, when church staff realized what happened, the crime was reported to the NHC Sheriff's Department. Investigators took the serial numbers of the stolen items. “As long as we have the serial number, we can match it up and all. That's how we track it,” explained Detective Steven Blissett. Turns out some of the suspects sold the consoles to local Game Stop stores. Like pawn shops, Game Stop requires identification to sell items, and the serial numbers are recorded. The serial numbers given to detectives, matched those reported stolen. Three were returned, the others had already been sold. Only one of the five suspects, 29-year-old Gasim Wood, remains behind bars at the New Hanover County Jail. Charged with breaking and entering and two counts of obtaining property by false pretense, he's being held on a $15,000 secured bond. Twenty-seven-year-old Susana Reed was charged with one count of obtaining property by false pretense. He was released from jail on a $2,000 bond. The three juveniles suspected in the crime have also bonded out.
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