Suspects in Prescott Valley church burglary found hiding under pews

| July 7, 2010

PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. — Two men are accused of breaking into a Prescott Valley church and stealing money and jewelry.

At approximately 2 a.m. Tuesday, the Prescott Valley Police Department received a call from a parishioner at St. Germaine Catholic Church reporting that he heard noises that sounded like someone was attempting to break into his vehicle in the parking lot.

Sgt. Brandon Bonney said officers arrived and did not find anyone around the caller's vehicle, but they did find broken glass and a broken window in the back of the church. Officers believed there was a burglary in progress and that the suspects were still inside the church.

Officers surrounded the church and announced that they were releasing a police K-9. Bonney said two male suspects who were hiding under pews surrendered prior to K-9 "Ike" being released into the church.

Joshua Taylor, 18, of Battle Ground, Wash., and Douglas Maurer, 20, of Washington and Prescott Valley, were taken into custody.

Officers learned that the two suspects broke into the church and stole currency, coins and jewelry.

Bonney said officers found damaged doors and broken windows, crucifixes and statues with a damage estimate totaling several thousand dollars.

The suspects had also removed a safe, which was located in a nearby field, and were believed to be removing a second safe from the church when officers were able to apprehend them.

Investigators also learned that Taylor is a registered sex offender from Washington and is not properly registered in Prescott Valley.

Bonney said both suspects provided some statements about their involvement in the burglary. The interviews also led officers to a burglary in the Windsong apartments, which the two may have committed.

Both suspects were transported and booked into the Yavapai County Jail in Camp Verde for multiple charges. Taylor faces charges of burglary, possession of burglary tools, aggravated criminal damage and failure to register as a sex offender. Maurer was charged with burglary, possession of burglary tools and aggravated criminal damage.

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