Glendale mayor to collect donations after church burglary

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers will ring a Salvation Army bell Saturday at Westgate to help replace money that was stolen from a church earlier this week.

On Tuesday morning, police responded to an overnight burglary at a church near Glendale and 61st avenues.

Police said two suspects broke into the building and stole a laptop, a karaoke machine, and $1,700 in cash collected by Salvation Army volunteers.

“When I first learned this crime took place right here in our city, I became very upset,” Weiers said in a statement. “I couldn’t believe these criminals would stoop so low to burglarize the Salvation Army, whose mission is to provide food, clothing and toys to those in need during the holidays.”

Glendale police arrested Mark Dollar, 38, in connection with the burglary but are still searching for the other suspect.

The victims identified Dollar in surveillance footage, saying he regularly visited the church asking for water.

Police apprehended Dollar when he visited the church Wednesday. He was booked on charges of burglary, and possession of a dangerous drug and drug paraphernalia.

Police are searching for the second suspect, who was identified as John Bardy, 52, of Glendale.

“I want to do whatever I can to make the Salvation Army chapter here in Glendale whole again so they can continue their great work in our community," Weiers said.

He will collect donations at the main entrance of Tanger Outlets from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information or to donate to the Salvation Army, call Weiers' office at 623-930-2260.