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19-year-old charged in Columbia church break-in

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Dylan Marcrom, 19, is charged with burglarizing the Jackson Heights Church of Christ on Nashville Highway in Columbia. Dylan Marcrom, 19, is charged with burglarizing the Jackson Heights Church of Christ on Nashville Highway in Columbia.
COLUMBIA, Tenn. -

An alleged church burglar is behind bars in Maury County thanks to sophisticated video surveillance equipment.

Dylan Marcrom, 19, is charged with burglarizing the Jackson Heights Church of Christ on Nashville Highway in Columbia during the overnight hours Monday.

He was identified as the suspect after he was captured on video surveillance.

The recording shows Marcrom and an accomplice later identified as a 16-year-old girl using a tire iron to break into the church through a rear door.

As soon as they entered the building the alarm sounded and the suspects fled.   Nothing was taken.

Armed with the surveillance footage, detectives canvassed the neighborhood.

Employees at an area hotel told police the suspect resembles a former employee who still lives at the hotel.

Officers knocked on the door to the former employee's room and a 16-year-old girl answered.

According to police, she happened to be wearing sandals that matched sandals worn by the acquaintance in the video.

The teen ultimately confessed to the crime and implicated Marcrom.  Police also found the tire iron used to smash in the door in his room.

Marcrom is charged with burglary and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.  He was booked into the Maury County jail on $16,000 bond.

Marcrom has no prior record.

The teenage girl was charged in juvenile court.

The church says it plans to add more surveillance cameras following the incident.

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