When Ardmore police arrested Michael Scheetz Jr. Wednesday night in connection with a recent church burglary spree, he wasn't just equipped for another heist, he was dressed for the occasion.
The 37-year-old man was armed with what officers described as "burglary tools." And his attire? He was wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with a local church's logo.
Sgt. Ryan Hunnicutt, Ardmore Police Department Public Information Officer, said Scheetz was taken into custody without incident near a local church. At the time of his arrest, he was facing contempt charges in connection with 2011 convictions on two counts of false declaration of ownership in pawn. He was booked into the Carter County Detention Center.
Just hours after his arrest, Det. Billy Turner, APD Criminal Investigations Division, had linked Scheetz to at least four of the 11 recent church burglaries in Ardmore.
Friday, prosecutors filed new charges of attempted first-degree burglary, second-degree burglary and possession of burglary tools against Scheetz. He made an initial appearance in Carter County District Court. Bond was set at $40,000.
But according to Hunnicutt, the list of current charges against Scheetz could get a lot longer. He said Turner "expects" to close all of the burglaries connected to the spree.
"Det. Turner said that the crime scene evidence, type of items stolen, time of occurrence and other items link most of the burglary cases," Hunnicutt said, adding the case is also expanding outside the city limits where three additional church burglaries occurred in the same time frame.
"Det. Turner said that he has received help from both Carter County Sheriff's Department and Dickson Police Department that has really helped him in this case. And he is also working with deputies and police officers sharing information to help clear cases they have."
In addition, officers are also working to recover the property stolen from the churches.
Meanwhile Scheetz remains jailed pending the posting of bond.