Police make arrest in string of church burglaries

December 20, 2010 2:11:33 PM PST
There is a possible break for police investigating a string of church robberies in the Bronx.

A suspect is now charged with two of those burglaries after he was apparently caught red handed in the most recent break in, which happened Sunday.

The suspect, 51-year-old Nathaniel Linden, was caught breaking into Saint Philip Neri School on the Grand Concourse in the Bedford Park section, and he is being investigated in as many as nine other church burglaries.

Police say Linden used his fists to smash through the school window at around 6:45 a.m. Sunday. A church member noticed him acting suspiciously and called police, who caught the man a few blocks away.

Upon questioning, detectives linked Linden to another burglary, at Iglesia Bautista Hispana de Fordham at 2295 University Avenue last Monday.

That burglary had been linked to a string of other burglaries across the northern Bronx.

Linden was charged with the two church burglaries and is being investigated in the others.

Last month, someone broke into Our Lady of Refuge Church in Bedford Park, stealing more than $1,000, two laptop computers and a video camera. Other local churches that were targeted include the Kingsbridge Evangelical Lutheran Church, St. John's Catholic Church and Our Lady of Angels Church and school in Kingsbridge Heights.

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