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) (Credit: NCPD, Google)

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.

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.


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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.

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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