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CHARGED: Man accused of breaking into churches over the holidays

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Dionel Hernandez (Source: Columbus Co. Jail) Dionel Hernandez (Source: Columbus Co. Jail)

TABOR CITY, NC (WECT) – A man from Evergreen is facing charges after being accused of breaking into two churches during the holidays.

According to authorities, police were called Dec. 26, 2013 to respond to a reported break-in at the Church of Latter Day Saints.

Employees told officers they saw a man inside the church when they arrived and gave police a description of the man.

Police said they found that a kitchen window had been busted out and also found several spots of blood in the building.

Officers were able to find Dionel Hernandez, the accused suspect, and brought him back to the church, where he was identified by the employee who saw him.

At that time, Hernandez was taken to the hospital to receive stitches from cuts on his arm.

According to authorities, police were called to respond to another church break-in just two days later.

Officers discovered that St. Paul's United Methodist Church had been broken into from the rear kitchen door. A large electric keyboard was stolen, but later found behind the church.

Police determined Hernandez was most likely for this break-in as well.

Hernandez was charged with two counts of breaking and entering.

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