Anson County Sheriff’s Deputies have arrested one subject and have warrants on two other individuals for the Nov. 14 vandalism of Cedar Hill AME Zion Church, located in the northern part of Anson County.
On Monday, April 2, deputies charged Bryan Matthew Balser, 21, of Albemarle with breaking and entering, larceny, damage to property and burning a religious building. Balser is currently in the Rowan County Jail under similar charges and under a $1,000,000 bond.
A second suspect also is in the Rowan County Jail and warrants were expected to be served on him Tuesday. He is identified as Daniel Tyler Huneycutt, 19. He will face similar charges as Balser.
The Sheriff’s Office also has warrants on a third suspect, but at this time are not releasing that name. These individuals are believed to have been involved in numerous church and business property vandalism in Anson, Stanly and Rowan counties.
Anson County Sheriff Tommy Allen said that his office has been working on this case constantly. “These individuals were our suspects early on in the investigation,” he said. “We had interviewed them but they denied any involvement and we just didn’t have enough information to make arrests at the time.”
The suspects will all be returned to Anson County to stand trial after their charges in Rowan County have been disposed.
Damage to the church was in the tens of thousands of dollars. All repairs have been made and a re-dedication of the church was made last month.