Crime

Cops: Cudjoe man doing community service at Big Pine church stole from it, pawned the goods

It doesn't get much lower for someone who's accused of stealing from a church where that person is performing community service.

But that's what Keys police say Brian Sheppard, 23, of Cudjoe Key did. He was arrested Wednesday on charges of grand theft, dealing in stolen property and providing fraudulent information to a pawn dealer. He remained in the Monroe County Detention Center Friday morning in lieu of $75,000 bond.

Sheppard worked community service at the Vineyard Community Church at 100 County Road from August through October, the Sheriff's Office says. Monday, the pastor noticed merchandise missing, including computer equipment, an air compressor, Nintendo controllers and two archery bows.

The pastor's son played a hunch and went to Molly's Pawn and More on Key Deer Boulevard to see if the goods were there. Sure enough, they were, says the Sheriff’s Office, which the son called upon his discovery.

After speaking with the owner of the pawn shop, Detective Dave Brummer determined Sheppard is the person who pawned the goods. Deputy Becky Herrin says when Brummer confronted Sheppard about it, Sheppard admitted the crime and was arrested after a warrant was issued.

It wasn't clear Friday why Sheppard had to perform community service but in March, he was charged with driving with a suspended or revoked license with knowledge.

  Comments