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Largo man arrested for burglarizing church, again

Posted at 3:10 PM, Dec 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-24 22:59:28-05

LARGO, Fla. — A man in Largo is facing charges for burglarizing a church, for the second time.

Jacob Taylor, 29, admitted he broke into Anona United Methodist Church and stole guitars, televisions and a truck. Taylor was arrested for burglarizing the same church in April 2018, when he stole electronics and, again, the church's truck.

“We’re a soft target, easy opportunity and he happened to open that door," said Executive Minister Richard Landon. "At the same time, we want to help everybody.”

Authorities say Taylor loaded the items into the truck and drove away. He later pawned one of the guitars and sold the rest of the stolen items on the street for, "illegal drugs," according to an arrest affidavit.

Taylor was caught on surveillance video in the April break-in attempting to cover himself with a towel, but church staff members recognized him when shown the video. They said he had been attending Narcotics Anonymous/Alcoholics Anonymous meetings at the church.

“You get people that you’re trying to care for and care about and hoping that they’re caring for and about you and sometimes you get hurt, you get burned," said Landon.