HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – Police are searching for the person responsible for breaking into a Catholic Church.
A recent surveillance video showed a man stealing items from St. Peter Claver’s Catholic Church on N. Wayside Drive.
The church was broken into three times over the weekend and the priest hopes the video will lead to the suspect’s arrest.
“We saw him first tossing objects over the fence, picking up the shopping cart, and putting it down,” said Father Kenneth Howard.
A total of six doors were damaged and several items were taken away during the three-day crime series.
According to Father Howard, the first break-in happened on Saturday night when he heard noises outside his window. Father Howard lives on church property.
“I heard a noise outside my window like someone was dragging something,” he said.
He discovered the camera footage showing a man breaking into the church shed and stealing things.
Over the next two nights, the thief believed to be the same man broke into the church meetinghouse and kicked in doors and roamed the kitchen and opened the refrigerator.
All of this was captured by the church’s surveillance cameras, which the thief eventually damaged. Some of the footage was saved.
Father Howard is now concerned with how the Church should pay for the damage.
“The church is not doing so well financially. We thought we were making progress, but now we’re back behind, ”said Howard.
Father Howard reported the incidents to the Houston Police Department and the investigation into the incidents is ongoing.
The church was also broken into several times in 2018.
“Well, basically I would say that I’m depressed because I didn’t expect this to happen again after a similar situation in May 2018,” said Father Howard.
Anyone with information should contact the Houston Police Department.
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