Lewes man charged in Rehoboth church burglary

November 20, 2019

A Lewes man faces charges after police say he stole about $100 from a donation box Oct. 27 and took some food before leaving.

Matthew Long, 34, a former employee of a church in the 400 block of King Charles Avenue, was identified on surveillance footage after a donation box was damaged, said Lt. Jaime Riddle of the Rehoboth Beach Police Department. Father William Cocco of St. Edmond Roman Catholic Church could not immediately be reached for comment.

Footage shows Long entering the church and tampering with the damaged donation box, Riddle said. Long also damaged an interior door and a second donation box that he was unable to open, Riddle said, and he took some food before leaving the church.

Police obtained warrants for Long's arrest and Long was apprehended when he appeared at Sussex County Superior Court for an unrelated matter, Riddle said. Long was charged with third-degree burglary, a felony, two counts of theft under $1,500, two counts of attempted theft under $1,500, and three counts of criminal mischief under $1,000. He was released on $7,300 unsecured bond.

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