Burglary Suspect Stole from 13 Churches, Cops Say

A 48-year-old man has been accused of breaking into more than a dozen churches and stealing cash and other items—in some cases prying open poor boxes during the alleged burglary spree.

Nassau County police arrested William Hepworth and charged him with 13 counts of burglary and possession of burglars tools.

Police had arrested the suspect in Massapequa on Tuesday after he allegedly broke into St. Anne’s Church on Dartmouth Street in Garden City, where he stole cash from four poor boxes before fleeing the scene on Friday, authorities said.

Detectives believe he also broke into 12 other churches over the past two months, police said. In one case, he allegedly stole a church’s P.A. system.

Hepworth will be arraigned Wednesday at First District Court in Hempstead.