Homeless man arrested in connection to five Pinellas County church burglaries

CLEARWATER, Fla. - St. Petersburg Police have arrested a homeless man connected to a string of church burglaries in Clearwater and discovered their suspect may have targeted a church in St. Petersburg, as well.

According to a release, they arrested Scott Edward Regan, 44, and charged him with burglary and grand theft in connection to robberies at Grace Lutheran Church and Skycrest United Methodist Church.

Additional charges are pending, as police continue to investigate whether he is connected to other cases.

In the space of four days, from February 22 to 25, four churches were broken into and robbed.  According to Clearwater Public Information Officer Elizabeth Watts all of them are within a few blocks of each other.

The first hit was The Light of Christ Catholic Church on Marilyn Street last Thursday.  The next day, the Grace Lutheran Church on Highland Ave was broken into.  And then, two were hit on the Feb. 25.

According to the St. Petersburg Police Department, Regan is also being charged with burglarizing the Fifth Avenue Baptist Church at 600 49th Street North.

Police say he forced his way into the churches by smashing the windows.

Regan is in jail o a $75,000 bond.

The minimum value that qualifies for grad theft is at least $300, but police have not said how much all of these churches have lost.

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