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Carroll man allegedly broke into church, stole donations

Carroll man allegedly broke into church, stole donations
Spencer Whittaker Crane (Courtesy photo)

A man was arrested Thursday, Jan. 24, after fingerprint evidence tied him to an alleged break-in at a Westminster church.

Spencer Whittaker Crane, 26, whose address was listed as the Carroll County Detention Center, was charged with one count each of second-degree burglary, fourth-degree burglary, theft less than $100 and malicious destruction of property. He was held without bail following a bail review, according to electronic court records.

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According to the statement of charges, on Aug. 19, 2018, officers of the Westminster Police Department responded to Firm Foundation Worship Church in Westminster after ministers at the church reported that a first-floor window had been broken.

Police observed that a chunk of asphalt appeared to have been thrown through the window, and broken glass was spread 30 to 40 feet into the building, according to the statement.

The ministers found that a plastic donation box the church had been using to collect money for children oversees was missing. No other items appeared to be gone, including musical instruments that would have been accessible at the time of the alleged burglary, according to the statement.

Police searched the wooded area near the church and recovered the donation box, emptied of the approximately $30 it had contained, according to the statement.

The Maryland State Police Forensic Science Division Laboratory returned latent fingerprint results from the container on Wednesday. One fingerprint pointed to Crane as the suspect, according to the statement.

On Nov. 20, in between the alleged burglary and when the fingerprint results were returned, Crane was arrested for allegedly burglarizing the same church on Nov. 18.

Crane is scheduled to appear in court for charges listed in an indictment on Feb. 7.

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