Man Arrested for Hazelwood Church Break-ins, Police Say

Hazelwood Police said the man burglarized St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church and Hazelwood Baptist Church two times each.

A man broke into two Hazelwood churches two times each and stole items, police said.

Nelson Thomas, 18, of the 600 block of Holiday Avenue, was charged Thursday with four counts of second-degree burglary, two counts of felony stealing, one count of misdemeanor stealing and first-degree property damage.

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Hazelwood Police said Thomas broke into St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church at 615 Dunn Road on Jan. 1 and stole five Hershey bars and soda. Officers said Thomas also broke into St. Martin de Porres on Dec. 30 and stole a laptop computer and an iPod Touch.

He also is charged with breaking into Hazelwood Baptist Church at 6161 Howdershell Road twice between Aug. 13 and Sept. 28, stealing 66 gift cards. On one occasion, he broke a window that cost $750 to replace, police said.

Thomas was being held Tuesday in St. Louis County jail. Bail was set at $50,000.

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Bob Emling January 09, 2013 at 02:46 PM
Ohhhhhhhhh my!!!! I think the devil made him do it.
Candace Jarrett January 09, 2013 at 03:49 PM
But what if he didn't Bob, lol?
Rachel M Ray Ray January 09, 2013 at 04:05 PM
Sounds like a crackheads desperate to take care of his fix. Most addicts crave chocolate. Also, stealingmoney or giftcards thingsceasy to barter for cash. The thought process of the brain is either delayed and or non existant. Your conscious is not able to process corrects thoughts & or actions. Their thoughts can run in Patterson. They usually go with familiarity when it comes to how they gain access to their wants and needs. That makes it easier to know they can get what they intended. Hope this man gets help mentally emotionally and. Physically and apologizes sincerely.
Candace Jarrett January 10, 2013 at 04:03 AM
I don't know Rachel but either way, if this were my 'career' path I would still be terribly afraid to rob a church. I mean it's a church! Jesus' house of worship. It's unfortunate this young person chose this life path and even more unfortunate the churchs wound up as victims.


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