Nicholas Holz, Green Bay, confesses to 21 burglaries after he’s caught at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral

| August 4, 2010

A 19-year-old man has confessed to at least 21 burglaries in the Green Bay area, including a rash of church burglaries and burglary attempts since May 4, police said this morning.

Nicholas Holz of Green Bay was arrested on suspicion of burglary and booked into the Brown County Jail at 8 a.m. Tuesday after police caught him hiding in a church closet at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, 140 S. Monroe Ave., according to a jail dispatcher.

In June, Holz pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of entry into a locked coin box and was wanted on two warrants, the dispatcher said.

Holz has confessed to at least 21 burglaries in the Green Bay area, including the recent church crimes, said Green Bay police Lt. Jim Runge.

Charges have been referred to the Brown County District Attorney’s office and Holz is expected to appear in court this afternoon.

Churches that have been targeted, according to police records: St. Patrick’s (May 4 and Aug. 1), St. John the Evangelist, 413 St. John St. (May 4, July 23 and July 27); St. Francis Xavier, 140 S. Monroe Ave. (May 7); St. Paul Lutheran Church, 443 S. Clay St. (May 24); SS. Peter and Paul, 701 N. Baird St. (July 6 and 21); St. Mary of the Angels, 645 S. Irwin St. (July 26); and Franciscan Fathers, 645 S. Irwin Ave. (July 27).

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