1990s church burglar back at it, police say

| January 23, 2012

A man convicted in the 1990s of burglarizing and vandalizing churches and schools now faces similar charges after police linked him to an attempted break-in at First United Presbyterian Church in Tarentum two days after Christmas.

William Menhart, 44, was arraigned Sunday morning in Westmoreland County on charges filed by New Kensington police of receiving stolen property and was remanded to the Westmoreland County Jail, court records show. He had not yet been arraigned in Allegheny County on charges related to the Tarentum break-in.

According to a criminal complaint, Tarentum Patrolman Robert Lang spotted Mr. Menhart walking on Lock Avenue near the church on Dec. 27. He recognized him and asked him where he was going. Mr. Menhart replied he was going to a friend's place on West 7th Avenue.

Patrolman Lang then put his vehicle in park, prompting Mr. Menhart to take off, he wrote in the complaint.

"[Mr.] Menhart ran, yelling, '[expletive] you, Bob, I didn't do anything wrong,'" Patrolman Lang said in the complaint.

A screwdriver fell out of his pocket and police lost sight of him.

The patrolman returned to First United Presbyterian Church, on the 900 block of Lock Avenue, and found screws to the door handle's mount had been removed.

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