Brittany Burchfield


By Beth Lawrence

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Whittier woman in the case of a church’s stolen utility trailer.

Brittany Angeline Burchfield, 31, was arrested for felony larceny and felony possession of stolen goods in connection to the case. She was taken into custody on Nov. 10 in Swain County, said Major Shannon Queen.

Detectives connected Burchfield to the theft through her vehicle.

“The vehicle used to tow the trailer away from the church belongs to Burchfield and has been positively identified,” Queen said. “However, the trailer has still not been located at this time.”

The incident occurred on Oct. 25 at 1:28 a.m. at the Whittier Church of God located at 118 Church St. The thief or thieves entered the unsecured parking lot, hooked the trailer up to a dark colored Ford Explorer, and drove away. The suspects managed to avoid security cameras except when they entered and left the parking lot.

The white-16-foot-dual-axle utility trailer was used for the church’s missions work and for storage, said Pastor Shane Silvers.

The church’s ability to deliver loads of food and supplies to those in need has been hampered by the theft, Silvers said.

Queen is asking anyone with information as to the trailer’s location to call the Sheriff’s Office at 586-8901.

Burchfield was released on a $5,000 secured bond.