Last night at around 3am Fourth District Vice Officer Freddie Pujols gained information that a burglary had just occurred at the St Thomas Episcopal Church in the Second District at 2665 Woodley Road Northwest. Officer Pujols had received information that the suspect had broken into the church through the roof and had removed a large amount of electronic equipment from the church. Officer Pujols left his home and proceeded to the area of 14th and Spring Road Northwest where he made contact with Officers Clayton Smith and Shaun Heffelman who were working in the area. Officer Pujols had a lookout for a vehicle that the suspect was driving. The officers quickly spotted the suspect vehicle and conducted a stop. The officers observed that the vehicle was loaded down with high end electronic equipment. The officers checked the St Thomas Church and made contact with a person who was living there. That person was unaware that the church had been broken into but soon discovered that a suspect had entered through the roof and had indeed stolen all the equipment.
Investigation revealed that the suspect stopped was indeed the suspect who had broken into the church in the middle of the night and he was arrested and charged with Burglary in the First Degree. Fourth District and Second District Detectives are continuing to investigate this case to determine if this suspect might be related to other similar crimes in the area.
Officer Pujols was alerted of this information when he was at home and off duty however because of his dedication and sense of duty he did not hesitate to respond into the city and get the help of Officers Smith and Heffelman. These three officers dedication to duty resulted in an outstanding arrest of a burglary suspect.