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Police looking for man who targeted Cleveland churches in series of burglaries

Posted at 12:30 PM, Sep 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-24 12:30:17-04

CLEVELAND — Cleveland police are investigating a series of break-ins that happened at different Cleveland churches over the past several weeks.

Authorities have released photographs of the alleged burglar, but it’s not known how many of the incidents the man is connected to.

It appears that in all of the incidents, the burglar gained entry by climbing through a first-floor window.

The first break-in happened on Sept. 5 at St. Aloysius Parish and School in the 600 block of East 109th Street. According to the police report, officers discovered several trash receptacles moved underneath a window and footprints on top. The thief made off with a Dell laptop and around $100 in cash.

The next incident happened on Sept. 7 at St. Aloysius—St. Agatha Church in the 10900 block of St. Clair Avenue. A police report states that responding officers found pry marks and a damaged lock on a window. According to the report, that was the second time police had been called to the church campus that day for a break-in. In the second instance, the thief ransacked one of the buildings and made off with a Craftsman drill and other various tools, the report states.

On Sept. 14, officers responded again to St. Aloysius Church daycare in the 600 block of East 109th Street and found a damaged rear window on the first floor. The report states that the building “appeared to be rummaged through.” An employee did an inventory of the building and it appeared that nothing had been pilfered.