Chelmsford police arrest suspect in church break-ins

CHELMSFORD, MASS. (WHDH) - A 20-year-old man is facing breaking-and-entering charges after he was arrested Monday for breaking into two churches in Chelmsford, police said.

Dakota L. Gladstone was arrested Monday morning and charged with two counts of breaking into a building to commit a felony after allegedly breaking into Trinity Lutheran Church and Saints Vartanatz Armenian Church overnight, Chelmsford Police Chief James M. Spinney said in a statement.

Police officers responding to an 8:20 a.m. report of a break-in at Trinity Lutheran Church on Old Westford Road spoke with an employee who said they just saw a man fleeing out the back door. After setting up a perimeter and tracking the suspect, Spinney said Gladstone was arrested a short time later.

The investigation later revealed that Gladstone had also broken into the nearby Saints Vartanantz Armenian Church, Spinney said.

Gladstone was expected to be arraigned Monday.



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