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Eric Harlan Queen
Courtesy of Burke County P2C website

More Details Released In Church Break-in Case

28-year-old Eric Harlan Queen of Icard Rhodhiss Road in Connelly Springs was arrested by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of breaking & entering to a place of worship, larceny after breaking & entering and possession of stolen property. Queen is also charged with misdemeanor unlawful use of game land access. WHKY previously reported on Queen’s arrest, more information has since been released.

On March 16, 2024, Burke County Sheriff’s deputies responded to First Baptist Icard Church on U.S. Highway 70 in Connelly Springs, in reference to a breaking and entering. Upon arrival, deputies met with the pastor of the church who stated that someone had broken into the property and stolen multiple musical instruments and various electronics from the sanctuary.

On March 18, Detectives met with the pastor and reviewed video surveillance footage of the incident.  Investigators determined that the suspect was most likely on foot, had made two separate trips to the church, and had changed clothes between incidents.

Later that afternoon, deputies and investigators responded to an address on Icard Rhodhiss Road in reference to an unrelated call. While at the scene, detectives developed information that the suspect and stolen property from the church were most likely within the residence. Prior to entering the residence, an occupant advised that the suspect was fleeing from the other side of the home.

The suspect was identified as Eric Harlan Queen, and the residence was secured while detectives obtained a search warrant.  Upon execution of the search warrant, multiple items reported stolen from the church were in a bedroom identified as Queens’ bedroom. Detectives also found multiple items of evidence inside the residence, which linked Queen to additional breaking and entering with larcenies in the area.

Later that evening, The Burke County Communications Center received a call that Queen had returned to the Icard Rhodhiss Road address. Deputies responded, and Queen turned himself over to officers with no further incident. The stolen property was returned to the pastor of First Baptist Icard.

Queen received a total bond of $30,500 with a first court date scheduled Thursday (March 21).