SHIPSHEWANA, Ind. (WPTA21) - Two men are now facing felony charges in connection with a church arson and burglary in Shipshewana Thursday morning.
Just before 6 a.m. Thursday, a passerby called 911 to report a fire at the Rosewood Fellowship Church at 5705 N 900 W.
Police and firefighters first on scene found the building engulfed in flames.
Investigators quickly determined the fire to be suspicious, and surveillance video at the church pinned down two possible suspects.
A dark SUV had been at the church from 12:53 a.m. to 2:15 a.m. before the fire.
Further investigation revealed two people were arrested in a black Jeep Commander later that morning for OWI and outstanding warrants.
Investigators said property believed to have been stolen from the church was in the Jeep.
After police read them their rights, investigators said the pair admitted to burglary and arson.
Andrew E. Yoder, 21, and Michael John Wengerd, 23, are each charged with arson of a church and two counts of burglary.
The Rosewood Fellowship Church will need to be completely rebuilt, with damage totaling more than $500,000.
Police said the Indiana State Fire Marshal, the ATF, and other local agencies assisted with the investigation.