PATERSON, NJ - A homeless Paterson man certainly didn’t have the Lord’s work in mind when he allegedly broke into St. Agnes Church several times in August and September, according to law enforcement authorities.
On Friday, Paterson Public Safety Director Jerry Speziale announced that after an investigation by several detectives Antonio Figueroa, 35, was arrested and charged with burglary and theft.
The report states that the latest burglary, which occurred in the early hours of Friday, led to an unknown amount of money, two brass candle holders, and white candles being stolen. According the the complaint $500 was stolen in a similar incident that took place on August 30.
Following a review of available video footage, where the suspect is said to have been seen attempting to remove the tabernacle from behind the altar, as well as breaking into two donation boxes located in the church, an image of the suspect was disseminated to officers conducting a search in the area.
Figueroa, who police say matched the description of the suspect in the video, was identified, and, a subsequent search of an abandoned house at 46 Chadwick Street turned up the stolen items.
“All involved were able to immediately piece this together and quickly apprehend the suspect,” Speziale said of the police work. “They saw the situation for what it was and were endowed with the skills to bring the investigation to a successful conclusion.”
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