Burglar Steals From Palm Bay Church That Helped Him

Homeless man stole from Palm Bay church that provided him with shelter. (Photo: Brevard County Jail Complex)

PALM BAY, Florida – A homeless man was arrested after Palm Bay police had said he tried to steal $1,500 in computer equipment from a church.

Aaron Dovell Plowden, 52, was charged with commercial burglary, grand theft, and criminal mischief.

Police were called after midnight Sunday to the Faith Builders International Church after receiving a report of a break-in.

Officers saw the front glass door cracked and broken, according to the report.

The church’s pastor told police that someone had taken three laptops and a 42-inch television set, which he suspected Plowden. The pastor informed the officer that he allowed the homeless to sleep at the church the week prior.

Plowden was spotted by police near the church and was questioned about the stolen property. Plowden was carrying the remote to the stolen television in his pocket and admitted to moving the items into a nearby trailer.

Plowden was booked into the Brevard County Jail Complex.

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About Scott Lee
Scott Lee is a columnist and reporter for Sebastian Daily. Scott moved to Indian River County in 2015 and has been writing for various publications for approximately 30 years. Currently, he writes part-time and manages a featured column about local businesses in Sebastian and Vero Beach.
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