by: Richard Thompson Updated:
LACEY, Wash. - An alert neighbor helped police arrest a burglar and recover a shopping cart filled with stolen property belonging to a Lacey church.
At about 2:50 a.m., a man living near Pacific Avenue in Lacey noticed a burglar coming onto the Woodland trail behind the New Zion Baptist Church.
The man said the burglar was pushing a shopping cart loaded with items that included a Skil saw, musical keyboard and guitar.
The neighbor called 911, and Lacey police arrived in the area and discovered the church had been broken into and ransacked.
Officers said they spotted the burglar a few blocks away and also recovered the shopping cart filled with the church’s property.
Police arrested 25-year-old Joshua Schwenning of Lacey on charges of theft and burglary.
On Thursday afternoon, New Zion Baptist pastor, Yung Jung, showed KIRO 7 the damage to the church. There are several broken windows, doors were kicked in and storage cabinets were ripped open.
Pastor Jung said he is thankful for the good Samaritan who called police and helped catch the thief, and despite all the damage, Pastor Jung had no harsh words for the burglar.
"I pray for him,” said Jung.