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Pastor catches accused burglar climbing out church window

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC-TV) - A Memphis congregation can rest easier knowing a man accused of burglarizing their church is now in police custody.

Eric King is also suspected of burglarizing several homes in the area near Greater New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church.

Assistant pastor Rev. Kenneth Van Buren called police after he went by the church to mow the grass and saw King climbing out of a window Saturday.

Van Buren says King broke into both the sanctuary and the church's utility building.

"He was kind of alarmed by the situation of me finding him," said Rev. Kenneth Van Buren. "He jumped down and ran across the railroad tracks that way. And a few minutes later, the police came back and let me know that they'd caught him over there because he had broke into a man's house over there."

King fled the church and allegedly burglarized a nearby home just minutes later. Memphis police caught him red-handed, carrying a stolen television on Waldorf Avenue.

He is charged with aggravated burglary, burglary of a building and theft of property.

Officers are still investigating to see if King may be connected to previous robberies in the neighborhood.

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