Ventura man arrested in Methodist church burglary

| April 25, 2010

A 39-year-old Ventura man was being held in the County jail Saturday evening on suspicion of burglarizing a church earlier in the day and for having heroin in his possession upon being arrested.

Mark John Wilson was being held on suspicion of felony commercial burglary, felony receiving stolen property and felony possession of a controlled substance, as well as misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of an injection device, Ventura police said.

He is awaiting a court date on Tuesday afternoon, according to jail records. Bail was set at $20,000.

The incident began after members of the College United Methodist Church at 4300 Telegraph Road noticed evidence of a break-in about 6:30 a.m. Saturday. As they were assessing damage, they noticed a man hanging around the area, called police and detained the suspect.

When police arrived, they found Wilson in possession of heroin and prescription drugs, and wearing a sweatshirt that had been stolen from inside the church, police said. A search of Wilson’s residence later found church property, including speakers and a drum set, police said.

Police aren’t sure why he was allegedly loitering around the church when members saw him, but speculated that he might have been coming back for more.

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