Man Charged with Stealing Music Equipment from Queens Churches
QUEENS — A Brooklyn man has been charged with breaking into a slew of Queens churches and swiping $7,000 worth of music equipment and other items, Queens District Attorney, Richard Brown, said earlier this week.
David Spencer, 34, of Brownsville, began the spree on July 10 and during a one-week period he broke into four churches in Laurelton, Cambria Heights and South Jamaica, Brown said. He also tried to break into a fifth church during the same period of time and damaged several doors.
According to Brown, Spencer stole a movie projector, an amplifier, a flat-screen TV, computer equipment and musical instruments, including a $3,000 keyboard from United Apostolic Lighthouse Church and a $1,500 keyboard from Harvest Revival Baptist Church. Both churches are located on Springfield Boulevard.
Spencer “is accused of being a one-man crime wave and brazenly breaking into churches throughout Queens and helping himself to whatever he could find of value,” Brown said in a statement.
The alleged burglar also pawned two of the stolen keyboards at a music store in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, authorities said.
Spencer was charged with burglary, attempted burglary, criminal mischief and grand larceny. If convicted, he faces up to seven years in prison.
He was ordered held on $40,000 bail and is due back in court on Aug. 2.