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Jeffersonville, Ind. (WDRB) -- A southern Indiana teen faces several charges after he admitted breaking in to at least a dozen churches, saying he was looking for cash inside.
Police responded to an alarm at a Jeffersonville church Thursday night and after a quick pursuit, found the suspect at a residence just a few blocks away.
Jeffersonville Police say they caught 18-year-old Brandon Masters breaking into Eastern Heights Church but turns out, that's not the only church he's targeted.
"Our evidence in this case leads us to believe he's responsible for burglarizing at least 12 churches in the Clark County area," said Jeremy Mull, Deputy Chief Prosecutor.
They believe he's broken in to all 12 churches in just about 12 days.
"It's a religious place of worship and he targeted only churches and was targeting churches almost on a nightly basis," said Detective Todd Hollis, Jeffersonville Police Department.
Police say in questioning, Masters has cooperated, even pointing out on a map the churches he's been to.
Police believe Masters was after cash but they say that stolen money is not the biggest problem he's caused for the churches.
"He cost a lot more based on the damage he did to the buildings by going in and ransacking offices, tearing apart desks and locked drawers than he ever got in any cash," said Hollis.
"These are places that people have sacrificed, they've given their money to equip, to build a/c units, they've sacrificed their money to give ties and then to have someone come in during the week and steal that for whatever nefarious reason, is very disappointing," said Mull.
Some of the churches will have to replace windows, repair broken doors and replace furniture.
Officials say they aren't sure why Masters was after money but that burglaries are up in the area and there's one common denominator.
"The number of burglaries has greatly increased in the last couple years and many times the reason for that is drugs," Mull said.
Masters faces charges of burglary and resisting law enforcement.
He's being held at Clark Co. jail and is expected in court on Tuesday.