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South Louisville church and day care burglarized

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Two men are accused of burglarizing Breath of Life United Methodist near Churchill Downs.

But they left something behind that led to at least one arrest in the case.

Right now, Jason Phelps is locked up at Metro Corrections. He's accused of burglarizing the Taylor Berry neighborhood church and day care.

Police say a witness identified him from church surveillance video.

"Our motto is doing all that it takes," said church secretary Tiesha Johnson.

From annual give aways to feeding the needy, it is a small church on a big mission to help the community.

"It was almost like a slap in the face ... when you do so much," Johnson said.

Last week, someone broke into the church, day care and outreach center.

Johnson said, once inside, the suspects took electronics and food.

"I know it was over a couple thousand dollars."

Surveillance video shows one suspect walking to the side door in a hoodie. Another clip shows a different suspect peak around the corner.

"I don't know if he's trying to figure out how the camera works," Johnson said. "You just see them rummaging through the things."

Shortly after LMPD arrived, church leaders realized the suspects had also been inside the outreach center, which is next door.

"One of the trustees asked if the house had been touched, and the detective and the pastor and the trustee went next door and realized they had also broke through that window as well," Johnson said.

Johnson said the surveillance video also shows a suspect carrying a garbage can loaded with the stolen items.

"Even the monitor on the wall, where we can actually see the parents and whoever is coming in, they took that."

Shortly after the break in, police arrested Phelps. A LMPD citation identifies him as one of the men in the video. Johnson hopes the arrest will lead to something else.

"Some of the stuff is needed," she said. "Even if the church doesn't need it on a daily basis, the day care does."

Police are still looking for the other suspect in the case.

If you have any information, you can call the anonymous tip line at 574-LMPD.

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