Woman charged with breaking into a church


ELKINS — A Randolph County woman is behind bars after being accused of breaking into the Summit Church of Elkins and attempting to steal a tube of caulking.

Patricia Dan Benzime, 50, is charged with breaking and entering and is being held in the Tygarts Valley Regional Jail on a $5,000 surety/cash bond.

On Saturday, K.A. Shiflett and S. Davis of the Elkins Police Department were dispatched to the Summit Church in reference to a burglary alarm, according to the criminal complaint. Upon arrival, officers observed Benzime at the rear door with a tube of caulk at her feet.

While waiting for the key holder, Sheriff Rob Elbon, Benzime told the EPD that she had been inside the church and that was where the tube of caulking came from, the complaint states. Benzime was detained and placed in a patrol unit.

Surveillance video from the church showed Benzime initially at the rear of the building attempting to open the rear doors. She was then observed entering the building and went off camera into a storage closet where it is believed the caulking came from. She was placed under arrest and transported to the EPD for procession.

While officers were preparing paperwork to transfer Benzime to the TVRJ, she removed her shirt and threw it in a garbage can, exposing her bare breasts, according to the police report. She was advised to retrieve her shirt and put it back on. She pulled her legging pants over her breasts in an attempt to cover herself and began apologizing to officers. She was again advised to put her shirt on and she did.


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