Suspect Still in Church When Police Arrived

| April 7, 2010

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The suspect in a church break-in was still in the church when police got there, and he didn't want to leave his perch.

According to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, the burglar alarm rang at First Baptist Church shortly after 8 p.m. Monday.

The first officer to the scene found 22-year-old Christopher Alan Nanney standing on top of a water fountain.

He had no shirt or shoes, was wearing a piece of purple cloth like a cape, and was holding a wooden club. Those items are listed in the arrest report as being stolen from inside the church.

Police also noticed Nanney had several pages torn from hymnals stuffed down his pants.

He didn't initially comply with the officers' orders to get down from the fountain, but eventually did, at which point he was arrested.

Nanny faces charges of burglary in connection to the break-in, which he accomplished by breaking a door and window, and destruction of items inside the church.

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Category: Church Security