Lewes man arrested for burglarizing church

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. – Rehoboth Beach Police arrested a Lewes man earlier this week after he reportedly broke into a local church and stole cash and food.

Police say they were called to the 400 block of King Charles Avenue for a reported burglary back on November 4th. It was reported that approximately $100 had been stolen from a secure donation box and an unknown amount of food had been taken as well. Two donation boxes and an interior door were damaged during the incident.

Officers obtained surveillance footage from October 27th, in which a male subject is seen entering the church and going to the areas of the donation boxes. The subject is also seen tampering with the door that was damaged.

Further investigation led police to identify the subject as 34-year-old Matthew Long, who is a former employee of the church. He was charged with two counts of theft under $1500, two counts of attempted theft under $1500, and three counts of criminal mischief under $100. He was later released on a $7,300 unsecured bail.

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