Charges mount for accused church vandals
Published 12:00 am Monday, May 14, 2012
By Shavonne Potts
Authorities have added charges to two men accused of vandalizing a Rowan County church and golf course.
Daniel Tyler Huneycutt, 19, of North Main Street, China Grove, was additionally charged with three counts felony possession of stolen goods/property, three counts second degree burglary, larceny of a firearm, larceny after breaking and entering, disturbing a casket/grave marker, injury to real property, injury to personal property and two counts ethnic intimidation.
Bryan Matthew Balser, 21, of Austin Road, Albemarle, was additionally charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, three counts second degree burglary, larceny of a firearm, two counts felony possession of stolen goods/property, two counts larceny after breaking and entering, disturbing a casket/grave marker, injury to real property and injury to personal property.
Balser and Huneycutt were arrested in March with more than 30 other charges after authorities had a report of suspicious activity at a motel room.
Investigators said in March, Balser was the leader of a group that in November 2011 spray-painted graffiti on Organ Lutheran Church on Organ Church Road and vandalized the Warrior Golf Course on N.C. 152.
There were anti-Christian phrases, satanic symbols and upside-down crosses spray-painted on the church.
Investigators said Balser spray-painted swastikas on lamp posts throughout the golf course.
According to arrest warrants, between Dec. 1 and April 8, the two broke into a Driftwood Trail home in Mount Gilead. During March 25 and April 5, the two entered a home at Muskogean Way, also in Mount Gilead where a .22 caliber Beretta handgun was taken.
A warrant stated between Oct. 30 and April 11, the two are said to have taken a flashlight at a Larboard Trail home in Mount Gilead.
At another Mount Gilead home on Holly Cove Trail, a warrant said between Dec. 20 and April 6, the pair took two flat screen televisions and a DVD player.
Investigators believe Balser and Huneycutt took a tombstone at Cedar Hill A.M.E. Zion Church’s cemetery and threw it through a back window of the fellowship hall.
The church is located in Wadesboro.
The church building was destroyed including the sanctuary, stained glass windows, the fellowship hall, kitchen, classrooms and an office. Also damaged in the church were chairs, pews, speakers and other audio equipment and other items.
Balser and Huneycutt remain in the Rowan County Detention Center.
Contact reporter Shavonne Potts at 704-797-4253.