Alex Phillips

Alex Phillips

EFFINGHAM β€” An Effingham man has been charged in the burglary of Faith Lutheran Church in Shumway.

Alexander R. Phillips of Effingham was appointed a public defender. He was arrested Tuesday on the burglary to a place of worship charge, a Class 1 felony.

Phillips was arraigned in court on Wednesday, where his bond was set at $10,000. He would be required to pay 10 percent to be freed from jail. He was still in custody as of Thursday afternoon.

A 17-year-old was also taken into custody in connection to the burglary. The two were not taken into custody at the same time, authorities said.

Effingham County Chief Deputy Paul Kuhns said the sheriff's office was notified about a missing safe from the building at 8:30 a.m. Monday.

β€œIt took some police work and the detectives did a good job,” said Kuhns.

Phillips will have his first appearance with his public defender, Scott Schmidt, at 11 a.m. Sept. 19. Effingham County State's Attorney Bryan Kibler is the prosecuting attorney in the case.