Arrest made in Walker County church burglary


WALKER COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — The Walker County Sheriff’s Office arrested a suspect in an Empire church burglary.

Warrants were obtained and the sheriff’s office arrested William Darnelle Smiley, 28 of Hayden, for third-degree receiving stolen property.

Based on a tip the received on Smiley’s location, deputies teamed up with the Blount County Sheriff’s Office and were able to locate him at a home on Paige Road in Empire, Ala.

During the burglary, a suspect stole music equipment, kitchen appliances and tools, the Walker County Sheriff’s Office reports.

Most of the stolen property from the church burglary has been recovered, but the investigation is ongoing, the sheriff’s office reports. As it continues, they are trying to recover more of the property and any other suspects that may be involved in the incident.

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