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Police discover the suspect from a Thomasville church burglary is a woman

Peggy Taylor, Financial Secretary Peggy Taylor, Financial Secretary
THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) -

A suspect in a Thomasville church burglary from March is finally behind bars tonight.

Investigators thought a burglar caught on camera stealing money from Thomasville First United Methodist Church was a man.  But DNA testing on blood found at the scene showed the crook was a woman.

The DNA matched a woman already in the system from previously being charged with a felony. Investigators say Chalaka Young is the burglar who broke into the church's main office and stole $300. 


"They broke into my office through the window they come out of my office that's when the motion detector picked up on them," said Peggy Taylor.

Investigators stumbled upon Young last week after initially looking for two other suspects involved in a separate case.

"We just so happen to run into this individual as I said while out on another situation and at that time she was taken into custody," said Captain Maurice Holmes.

Young was arrested and charged with burglary and could face 1 to 5 years in prison.

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