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Dover Man Charged in Music Equipment Burglary Case

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Dover, Del.-- Police say an arrest was made in the burglary and theft of music equipment from a Dover church last week, though leaders at the house of worship aren't sure whether they will be able to recover the taken equipment.

Craig Coleman was charged with third-degree burglary, criminal mischief, possession of burglar tools and theft of over $1,500 in stolen equipment from Victory Crusade Worship Center, according to M/Cpl. Mark Hoffman, a Dover police spokesman. Coleman was sent to James T. Vaughn Correctional Center with a $7,000 bond.

"We received an anonymous tip that the suspect was trying to sell the items out of his home, out of his residence in Dover, and our detectives went up there and contacted the suspect," Hoffman said.

However, police said Coleman is not cooperating with them, complicating any possible recovery of the items.

Pastor Joseph Conner at Victory Crusade Worship Center spent much of Thursday setting up a new security system for the church. He said it was "just sad" that a church had to beef up security to prevent similar crimes from occurring.

"This is not something light. It takes equipment, it takes all this stuff to be able to run a successful ministry," he said.

Conner believes at least one person got through a rear window on Sept. 27, prying open a metal covering with a crowbar or another tool. Guitars, amps, an equalizer, microphones and cases were among the missing items, which he said had a value of at least $10,000.

Since the burglary, Conner said the church is making due with equipment that wasn't inside the building when the other items were taken. He said the crime has already affected the Victory Crusade Worship Center's obligations.

"Some of the things we do require all the equipment and we had to kinda use what we had and cancel some things," he said.

Members of the church like Ray Sells, said they were shocked someone would target a house of worship.

"I just can't believe people are robbing churches but these are the times we're living in," he said.

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