Camera catches man throwing live cockroaches on Macon church door
The husband of a Macon church pastor has caught on surveillance a video of what he says is a man depositing live cockroaches on the church's front door.
James Benson of Macon Fountain Temple Church says the person has trespassed on the church's property throwing cockroaches at the church's front door at least four times during the past week. He says the man usually comes during the early morning hours.
"Anyone that would look at that (video) is like 'oh, I can't believe that,' that they would deposit, get cockroaches, and deposit them on the church, not on the church, but anywhere, it's ludicrous," Benson said.
Benson says he doesn't want to point any fingers, but he believes one of the church's neighbors may be involved because of some prior incidents.
"Only one particular person, who was illegally dumping trash on the backyard," Benson said.
Benson says the neighbor had once dumped yard debris on the church's property, and in another incident drove a car through the church's backyard, leaving tracks on the lawn. Benson says police were contacted on both occasions.
"I don't know the reason why, but we have a generality [sic], of who it may be, but I'm not certain. We turned things over to the local police, and they are handling it," Benson said.
Benson says the man in the video is not the church's neighbor, but may be related or a friend.
When asked what it's doing to investigate the incident, Macon Police Department Public Information Office Jami Gaudet wrote in an e-mail "the incident was investigated by the responding officer. There is no suspect or resolution."
Benson says all he can do now is reach out to the community, show the video, and hope someone recognizes the man throwing cockroaches on his church. The church, located on the 200 block of Madison Street, is also offering a monetary reward for information about the incident, although Benson wouldn't say how much the reward would be.