UNION COUNTY, N.C. – Deputies in Cabarrus County have arrested two people in connection with a crime spree targeting seven churches in Union County.

Justin Ray Patterson, 28, and Amanda Nicole Hickey, 23, both of Concord, were apprehended by Cabarrus County authorities and face multiple charges associated with the crimes. Detectives from Union, Cabarrus, Stanly, and Mecklenburg Counties collaborated in the investigation.

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Police say warrants were issued in Union County against Patterson and Hickey for seven counts of breaking and entering a place of worship and two counts of larceny after breaking and entering.

Union County Sheriff Eddie Cathey said he’s relieved the suspects are in police custody.

“It takes a special kind of criminal to target a church as a place to steal,” Cathey said. “A church should be off limits.”