Police: Man broke into church, stole documents

| July 6, 2010

ROYAL OAK — Police are searching for a man accused of breaking into St. Dennis Catholic Church on Sunday morning and stealing miscellaneous office documents and a Social Security check belonging to one of the church’s priests.

The man — described by police as white and approximately 40 years old, 5 feet 7 inches tall and 170 pounds, with brown hair and a mustache — apparently cut himself while breaking into a church office, and left a trail of blood all the way across 12 Mile Road and into the nearby Dunkin’ Donuts, where a security camera captured images of him walking inside.

The suspect, wearing a red long-sleeved shirt, black pants and white shoes, broke into the church, located at 2200 Stephenson Hwy., around 7 a.m. July 4, shortly before church officials arrived at the building, said Royal Oak Police Lt. Gordon Young.

“We think he might be an opportunist that might have been familiar with the church,” Young said.

The suspect smashed out the sidelight window next to the church’s front door and entered the church. Once inside, he pried open a second window so he could enter the church’s office, police say.

Officers found blood inside the church and were able to follow the trail of blood across the street to a Dunkin’ Donuts store. Police believe he cleaned his wounds in the bathroom there.

“There was a significant amount of blood that was found,” Young said.

He said the department was able to collect samples, which have been sent to the Michigan State Police crime lab for analysis and comparison against various crime databases.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Royal Oak Police Department at (248) 246-3515.



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