Salvation Army money stolen during Glendale church burglaryPosted: Updated:
GLENDALE, Ariz. – Glendale police arrested one suspect and are searching for a second in connection with a burglary at a church last week.
On Tuesday morning, police responded to an overnight burglary at a church near Glendale and 61st avenues. According to court documents, someone pried open a door then cut a hole in the drywall and entered the office area of the church.
Glendale police Sgt. Jay O'Neill said numerous items were stolen, including a floor safe containing more than $1,700 in cash that was collected by Salvation Army bell ringers, a laptop and a karaoke machine.
O'Neill said video surveillance showed two suspects entered the church at different times. One suspect was seen taking miscellaneous items while the other was seen taking the safe and laptop.
Working with Glendale police property crimes detectives, the victims were able to identify the suspect who took the miscellaneous items as Mark Dollar, 38, of Glendale. Police said he is seen on the video rummaging through property in one of the offices.
Investigators learned that Dollar often goes to the church and asks for water. Police were notifed when he showed up on Wednesday requesting water. Officers responded and took him into custody.
In a jailhouse interview, Dollar told 3TV he is sorry for hurting the people who have been helping him for months.
"I wake up every morning crying," he said, "It was stupid."
Aeran an Kihyun Oh run the church and charity, and say they are 'heartbroken' over the burglary.
They say they gave Dollar food and water whenever he needed it, and recognized him immediately in the surveillance video of the burglary.
"I'd like to do what I can to pay them back and maybe work it off," Dollar said. Dollar faces charges of burglary, possession of a dangerous drug and drug paraphernalia.
Dollar told police he is on parole for burglary and has four prior felony convictions.
The second suspect was identified as John Bardy, 52, of Glendale. Detectives have been searching for Bardy but have been unable to locate him are asking for the public's help.
Anyone who knows Bardy's whereabouts is asked to call police at 623-930-3000 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.