Man charged in vandalism, burglary of South Nashville church


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Surveillance video from outside of a South Nashville church captured a clear image of the man who broke into the building last month and stole hundreds of dollars in cash, a police report states.

Derrick Richards, 52, was charged Sunday with vandalism, burglary and theft.

According to an arrest affidavit, church members arrived April 7 to St. Verena Coptic Orthodox Church on Edmonson Pike and discovered more than $1,000 in damage had been done to the windows, doors and security cameras.

The members also reported approximately $400 in cash was missing from an office lock-box, the paperwork states.

When police reviewed security footage, they said the burglar could be seen using a crow bar to knock down outdoor security cameras.

As the cameras fell, officers said they pointed directly at the intruder’s face, capturing a clear image of him.

Other cameras inside the church caught Richards rummaging through the church, police said.

Richards was booked into the Metro jail on Sunday morning and bonded out less than two hours later.

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