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Man charged in connection with string of church burglaries in Franklin County

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Timothy J. Buerk is accused of stealing several instruments and other items from a local church.  (Credit: Franklin County Sheriff's Department) Timothy J. Buerk is accused of stealing several instruments and other items from a local church. (Credit: Franklin County Sheriff's Department)
Reported stolen items confiscated following church burglary in Franklin County. (Credit: Franklin County PD) Reported stolen items confiscated following church burglary in Franklin County. (Credit: Franklin County PD)
FRANKLIN COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

A 32-year-old man has been charged in connection with a string of church burglaries that took place in Franklin County.

Deputies reported receiving information during an investigation that led deputies to a possible suspect in the church burglaries. 

Authorities say Timothy Buerk had active warrants for felony stealing, trespassing, assault, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, and shoplifting. Deputies, along with the Multi County Narcotics Enforcement Unit responded to an apartment in St. Clair to try to locate Buerk.

Buerk was located in the Paradise Mobile Home Park area Tuesday and taken into custody in reference to the outstanding warrants.

While deputies searched the apartment where Buerk has been residing, several pieces of stolen property from the church burglaries were located. 

Three other suspects were arrested including a 29-year-old woman, 38-year-old man, and a 41-year-old man from the St. Clair area.

A warrant for eight counts of burglary was issued for Buerk. His bond is set at $30,000 cash only. 

Seven churches were targeted in the last two weeks.

Three churches were also hit in October. Surveillance video captured a burglary at a church in Sullivan. A total of three churches were targeted around that time.

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