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Sheriff's Office says he burglarized 5 churches since December

12:24 PM, Apr 19, 2013   |    comments
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CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -- Steven Hardwick, 53, has been arrested for burglarizing several churches in the area during the past few months.

Hardwick is a homeless man according to the Clay County Sheriff's Office.

Police say he is involved in several church burglaries that began in late 2012. He faces 6 counts of burglary, 5 counts of criminal mischief and one count of grand theft.

Police say he broke into the Church of Christ in Keystone Heights in December of 2012. According to a police report, he ransacked the offices and kitchen and took $220. He left behind in the woods nearby, a paper with personal information on it.

In December police say he broke into Fresh Start Fellowship in Keystone. He took food and drink worth $5, but also broke a window causing $600 damage.

In March of 2013 police say Hardwick entered the Asbury Methodist Chruch through an unlocked cafeteria door and stole $600 in cash.

In April he broke into Community Christian Church and stole $18 worth of food and drinks, but also broke a window valued at $300.  Hardwick left behind fingerprints on a cigarette pack left at the scene.

Also in  April he broke into the Asbury Methodist Church  and caused $100 damage. Once inside, he stole money and gift cards worth and estimated $775. He used the gift cards to buy food at Walmart on Blanding.

On the 16th of April he broke through a window of the St. Giles Presbyrterian Church in Orange Park, then used a religious statue to break a glass window leading to an office. He cut himself and bled on the carpet and floor and caused an estimated $1000 damage.

He left behind a beer can and large bag of Funyons. Video surveillance from the Kangaroo station near the burglary showed him purchasing those items.

He was arrested two days later and admitted to police he broke into the churches.

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