Daleville Man Only Burglarizes Certain Locations

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

“Burglary, burglary, burglary.”

It's a list you wouldn't want to be on.

Since the early 80's 52 year old Marvin Saltsman has been adding pages to his criminal file.

As of august 31st, he can now add third degree burglary and first degree theft of property.

"He explained to me that he had just served 11 years in Mississippi for burglarizing a church," said Investigator Harvey Mathis with Dale County Sheriff’s Office.

Just months after his release, Investigator Mathis says Saltsman broke into Straight Path Baptist Church in Level Plains.

Saltsman fessed up to stealing 2500 dollars worth of audio equipment.

"I think it is a very cold hearted person that can vandalize especially small churches where people surround themselves in the churches and this is a big part of their lives and take all the audio equipment needed,' said Mathis.

James Winn's mechanic shop is just feet from the burglarized church.

This isn't the first time a burglary has hit close to home.

“Several years ago we had had some break ins and it had pretty much been stopped until then," said Winn.

News of the break in will have Winn keeping a closer eye on his business.

But according to Mathis Winn isn't a target.

"He adamantly said that he doesn't break into people's homes only churches and he wouldn't give a reason why," said Mathis.

Now, he won't need a reason but instead a lawyer.

Saltsman is currently being held in the Dale County Jail on no bond.
He is expected to be extradited back to Mississippi.

Authorities say Saltsman is suspected of burglarizing churches in Houston, Washington and Bay counties.

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