A man who admitted to six counts of burglaries at Middlesex County churches last year allegedly continued his spree in Atlantic City.
Justin Oram, 25, who is believed to be homeless, was arrested early Sunday morning after he allegedly broke into an Atlantic City church, police said.
Someone called police at about 3:30 a.m. to say a man had broken a window and was inside St. Monica's Church on the 100 block of North Pennsylvania Avenue, Sgt. Monica McMenamin said.
There was about $2,000 worth of damage, Lt. Rodney Ruark said.
When police got to the scene, the witness said the male was still inside, according to the report. A church custodian confirmed that no one should be inside at that time.
K-9 Officer Marinela Pali and her partner, Roxy, searched the building and found the man under a pew, with a large amount of loose coins in the area.
Oram was apprehended by Roxy. He was treated at the hospital for his wounds and is charged with burglary, theft, vandalism, resisting arrest and possession of marijuana, police said.
After Oram's arrest, police found there was another break-in at the New Hope Baptist Church on Lexington Avenue, Ruark said.
There was about $14,000 in damages, but nothing appeared to be taken. Detective Charles Stuart investigated and was able to link Oram to that burglary as well, Ruark said. He was additionally charged with burglary and criminal mischief.
Court records have Oram's last known address as Delran, but it appears he was recently living without a home in Atlantic City. He pleaded guilty last year to six counts of burglary, and was given probation. At least two of those crimes were committed at Baptist churches in Edison, Middlesex County, Ruark said.
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