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Man pleads guilty to stealing from Ellicott City church, preschool

A Columbia man has pleaded guilty to burglary and theft charges for stealing from a church and a preschool in Ellicott City.

Craig Nathaniel Webster, 46, of the 6400 block of Autumn Gold Court, pleaded guilty Thursday in Howard County Circuit Court to one count each of second-degree burglary and theft.

Webster's sentencing has been scheduled for July 26. Prosecutors are seeking a maximum of eight years in prison.

Webster also had been facing another count of second-degree burglary, two counts of fourth degree-burglary, and another count of theft.

Police say Webster had worked for a cleaning service that cleaned the Bethel Korean Presbyterian Church, in the 3100 block of Saint Johns Lane. While employed for that service and afterward, prosecutors said, he had stolen about $9,200 worth of items from the church, including musical instruments.

Webster also broke into La Petite Academy in the 10100 block of Frederick Road on Nov. 12 and stole a camera, a credit card and money, prosecutors said.

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