Cops: Man arrested in church burglary

Left, Adrian Pollard, who police say matched a Left, Adrian Pollard, who police say matched a fingerprint left at the scene of a robbery at the United Methodist Church in South Floral Park, right. (April 7, 2013) Photo Credit: NCPD, Google

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A fingerprint left behind by a church burglar in South Floral Park led to the arrest of the man accused of looting his local house of worship of a donation jar and other items, authorities said.

Adrian Pollard, 49, surrendered shortly after midnight Saturday in connection with the January crime, according to Nassau County police.

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Charged with third-degree burglary, a felony, Pollard posted $5,000 through a bail bondsman following his arraignment at District Court in Hempstead, according to court and jail records.

Police say the burglary, at United Methodist Church on Louis Avenue, happened sometime between 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 13 and 6 p.m. on Jan. 14.

The burglar broke a window to get inside and stole the donation jar, stereo speakers and an amplifier, a desktop computer and flat-screen monitor, police said.

Pollard became a wanted man after investigators matched the fingerprint to him, said Nassau police spokeswoman Officer Maureen Roach.

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Police didn't say where the print was discovered or how Pollard's prints happened to be on file, but according to court records his rap sheet -- dating to at least 1990 -- shows convictions for mostly petty crimes, including stints in jail for drug and theft crimes, and drunken driving.

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