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Gospel Musicians Pray, then Prey on Churches, to Tune of $100,000 Say Cops

Rico Blackshear and Deshawn Thomas (Washington County Sheriff's Dept.)

ATLANTA (CBS/AP) Praise the Lord...and pass the stolen stereo equipment?

Two gospel singers and musicians have made a practice of praying and performing at a number of central Georgia churches, and then taking off with over $100,000 worth of speakers, microphones and other musical equipment, according to police.

Washington County Sheriff Thomas H. Smith says authorities had been investigating nine break-ins at churches over the past several months.

Tuesday, police arrested 28-year-old Deshawn Thomas, of Augusta, and 28-year-old Rico Blackshear, from Dublin.

Both face multiple charges, including nine counts of theft and nine counts of burglary.

Sheriff Smith says a tipster told authorities the pair might be linked to the break-ins, and authorities executing a search warrant found musical equipment in the men's homes and cars.

They could be in big trouble, as God is their witness.

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