DENVER – A man was arrested and charged with a burglary at a Catholic church in Denver in late August.
The Denver Police Department confirmed on Friday that Deshun Glenn was taken into custody and is believed to be the person who broke into the Curé d’Ars Catholic Church on August 31.
The church said thousands of dollars of equipment had been stolen, including surveillance cameras, live sound and broadcast equipment, and copper piping in and around the building. The church tabernacle, believed by Catholics to contain the body and blood of Jesus Christ, was also stolen.
“My heart sank and I said, ‘Oh my god the tabernacle is gone,’” Father Joseph Cao said in Denver7.
The church confirmed in a Facebook post that a tabernacle, ciborium, communion bowl, and vessel used to hold the priest’s hosts were all recovered, but the Eucharist and sound equipment were not found.
Due to the theft of the copper piping, flooding occurred in the basement of the church, which also caused the air conditioning unit to shut down. The church said work was still being done to repair and replace anything that was damaged.
An arrest affidavit for Glenn says he tried to sell some of the church items to someone. He was arrested on further burglary warrants on September 21. He currently faces three burglary charges. The other two charges relate to incidents that occurred on February 25 and September 20.
The Denver Police Department said it believed the church burglary may be part of a burglary pattern that may involve other churches. No further details of the other incidents were provided.
Glenn is due in court on October 13.
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