VERNON - A Vernon couple has been taken into custody after a reported church burglary, with one suspect remaining at-large.

Liberty Church located at 3983 Creek Road in Vernon, reported their food pantry was broken into and several items had been stolen.

Washington County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) responded and initiated an investigation after observing the exterior door to the food pantry had been pried open, causing damage.

Church members advised investigators that the items taken were valued at more than $300.

An eyewitness assisted investigators in identifying the suspects as husband and wife, Cleon Lloyd Perkins, 62, and Somsri “Nit” Perkins, 74, both of Vernon. A third suspect was identified as Gage Brooks, 23, of Vernon.

At the end of the investigation, warrants were obtained by WCSO for all three suspects.

Cleon and Somsri Perkins were arrested on charges of burglary, grand theft, and criminal mischief. The Perkins’ are currently being held at the Washington County Jail on a $11,000 bond each.

Gage Brooks currently remains wanted by Washington County Sheriff’s Office. Should anyone have any knowledge as to his whereabouts, Sheriff Kevin Crews asks that the information is reported immediately, by contacting the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at 850-638-6111. Tips may also be reported anonymously by calling 850-638-TIPS (8477) or by emailing tips@wcso.us.

Washington County Sheriff Kevin Crews urges anyone with knowledge of crimes being committed to contact the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at 850-638-6111. Tips may also be reported anonymously by calling 850-638-TIPS (8477) or by emailing tips@wcso.us.