Deputies: Man damages church trying to steal scrap metal

Huey Sonnier (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)
Huey Sonnier (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A man accused of breaking into a church and causing a couple thousand dollars worth of damage remains behind bars on multiple charges.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office reported Huey Sonnier, 42, of Baton Rouge, was arrested for allegedly breaking into Community Bible Church on Mohican Street Wednesday. Investigators said the suspect caused about $2,000 worth of damage to the church, which hasn't been used lately due to water damage from a ruptured pipe.

According to the probable cause report, deputies on patrol happened to be walking around the church and saw someone inside knocking down ceiling tiles and pulling down cables. They believe the suspect broke into the church through the back door, which is how they also got inside.

The report states the deputies found three bags filled with cut electrical wires and tools. The bags were in one of the back rooms of the church. Investigators said they walked into the main worship area of the church and reportedly again saw Sonnier pulling on wires that were in the ceiling and knocking down ceiling tiles.

The report added Sonnier allegedly told deputies he was not working for the church when they asked him about it. He reportedly also told them he was taking scrap metal from the church to help provide for his family.

EBRSO said custodians were contacted to examine the damage and estimated it at about $2,000.

Sonnier was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on charges of simple burglary of a religious building, criminal damage to property and theft. The first two charges are felonies.

He was still in jail with no bond as of Friday morning.

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