Church employee hears noises; suspect arrested

AUGUSTA, Mich. (WOOD) — One person has been arrested after he broke into a church and took off with stolen items.

An employee arrived to work around 7 a.m. Tuesday at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, located at 12648 East D. Avenue in Augusta.

Once inside the church, the employee kept hearing strange noises. The employee then noticed a man dressed in dark clothing with a flashlight inside the church.

The employee called 911 and left the church. While on the phone with police, the employee saw the suspect leave the church on foot with stolen property.

Another church employee followed the suspect across M-89 onto the golf course, where he was taken into custody by the Richland Police Department.

The suspect, a 22-year-old Kalamazoo County resident, was later taken to the Kalamazoo County Jail.

The investigation revealed the suspect had been in the church for a long period of time and had broken into a safe.

All of the stolen property was recovered and returned to St. Ann’s Catholic Church.

The suspect’s name is being withheld pending arraignment.

Anyone with further information is asked to contact the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office at (269)-383-8748 or Silent Observer at (269)-343-2100.

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