Forensics Link Man To Church Burglary
Shirl Dion Johnson
Ripley County Jail
(Batesville, Ind.) – Batesville Police have arrested a man accused of breaking into and vandalizing a church.
Shirl Dion Johnson, 48, Batesville, allegedly broke into the Batesville Methodist Church on Park Avenue on June 3, 2011.
He stole money from the church and vandalized it, said Chief of Police Stan Holt in a release.
Batesville crime scene investigator Jerry Taul collected evidence at the scene, which was sent to the Indiana State Police Crime Lab. On December 7, the lab came back saying the evidence linked Johnson to the scene
Johnson was arrested Tuesday on charges of Burglary (Class B felony) and Theft (Class D felony). He faces six to 23 years in prison if convicted.