A man identified in an arrest report as homeless has been arrested and charged with a break-in of a Crossville church that was vandalized and in which someone had defecated during the incident.

Jeffery Cody Dahlberg, 20, was arrested Dec. 30 in connection with a break-in of the Christian Church of the Cumberlands in the 1300 block of East First St. Police were dispatched to the church building and found a rear door and a door to a storage shed unlocked.

Inside the church, police observed that someone had ransacked a desk in the church office. Items had been disturbed in the kitchen, and human feces that was spray-painted green was found inside. 

Church Pastor Norman Cunningham told Crossville Police Lt. Jonathan Oneal that everything in the building was in order when he had last visited the building, which is listed for sale.

Oneal wrote that while patrolling in the area, he heard a loud noise and spotted a man standing on the back deck of the church. He took Dahlberg into custody.

On Dahlberg’s person was found a key to the church, which Dahlberg said he had found lying on the ground. The key fit the church door. Dahlberg then denied being inside the church. He was taken into custody and charged with burglary.

Dahlberg was placed under $2,000 bond and given a court date in General Sessions Court.