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Sykesville man allegedly caught during church burglary

Vittorio Franco Rocco Lane
Vittorio Franco Rocco Lane (Courtesy Photo)

A Sykesville man was arrested early Wednesday after he was allegedly found burglarizing a Westminster church building.

Vittorio Franco Rocco Lane, 31, of the 1000 block of Montclair Drive, was charged Wednesday with five counts including one count of possession of a controlled dangerous substance and two counts of second-degree burglary. He is being held without bail following a Thursday bail review, according to electronic court records.

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According to the statement of probable cause, multiple members of the Westminster Police Department responded to building alarms at St. John Roman Catholic Church in Westminster. Upon arrival, one officer observed a man enter the portico. Police searched the interior of the building but initially located no one.

An officer then observed a man in the kitchen of the building. Officers observed the door to be locked and there was no reply to orders for the suspect to exit the room. Officers then entered the room with a key. The odor of alcohol alerted to the presence of an individual in the room. An officer noticed an individual concealed behind cardboard in the corner of the room. The individual, later identified as Lane, then complied with officers and was handcuffed, according to the statement.

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Representatives of St. John stated that Lane did not have permission to be in the portico. A search of his person found $386 of property, two glass pipes, suspected crack cocaine and 33 keys belonging to the church. A church representative told police the keys had been stolen in a previous burglary, according to the statement.

Additionally, Lane was charged Thursday with four other counts including fourth-degree burglary — possession of burglar’s tools and theft. The statement of charges was not immediately available. He is initially being held without bail, according to electronic court records.

A preliminary hearing for Wednesday’s charges is scheduled for April 25. A court date for Thursday’s charges is scheduled for June 13.

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