From Press staff reports

An alarm connected to a Sea Isle City Catholic church's tabernacle helped nab a burglar, Sea Isle City police said.

On Oct. 16, a 20-year-old city man tried to break into a metal locker that stores some of the valuables at St. Joseph's Church, Sea Isle City police Lt. Kirk Rohrer said.

But the man tripped an alarm, sending him fleeing from the church and into a car, police said. Witnesses identified the man, and police captured him a short time later, Rohrer said.

Gregory DeVery-Haffert was charged with burglary, criminal mischief and unlawful possession of a weapon relating to a loaded BB gun found in his car, Rohrer said.

He was released on a summonses, police said.

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