CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. - Charlotte County Sheriff’s detectives arrested a youth counselor for burglarizing his church. 19-year-old Jeremy Scott Walker was chared with Burglary and Grand Theft.
CCSO received a call Sep. 6 concerning a burglary to Palm Tabernacle Ministries, 390 Flamingo Blvd., Port Charlotte. The rear door was found open, the administrator’s door damaged, and a filing cabinet was forced open to get keys to the safe. The safe contained cash and checks which were stolen. Crime Scene technicians located fingerprints on the cash envelope in the safe, and on a couch next to the key box.
The church installed a security camera due to a recent theft that showed a white male, large in stature, wearing what appeared to be a mask and baggy tee-shirt. The church administrator and pastor told detectives the man in the video resembled their Youth Counselor Walker. On Sep. 8, Crime Scene technicians matched the fingerprints to Walker. Detectives picked up Walker at his home Monday and transported him to the Mid-County Office. At 11:30 a.m. The money reportedly was taken to purchase drugs. The Port Charlotte High School student as arrested and then transported to the Charlotte County Jail. He remains in jail on $5,000 bond.