Suspect arrested after several churches, apartments, businesses burglarized, police say

By Joel Eisenbaum - Investigative Reporter

HOUSTON - A Houston man has been arrested and charged after a series of burglaries at churches, apartments and businesses, police said.

Anthony Hopkins, 31, was found guilty of burglary of a building.

Hopkins was caught on video stealing two fish fryers from Our Lady of St. John Catholic Church at 7500 Hirsch, police said.

"We think our suspect in this case is responsible for 12 burglaries that we're pretty sure of, and 10 are church burglaries," Houston Police Department Investigator Greg Shelton said prior to sentencing.

 Shelton said Our Lady of St. John was targeted at least eight times since last summer.

Video obtained by Channel 2 also shows Hopkins, as identified by Shelton, breaking into a local tax assistance business just down the road.

The burglar shown on the video has a significant amount of trouble with a bedsheet draped over him. It slips off a number of times while he appears to try unsuccessfully to get through the door.

Shelton was able to recover and return one of the stolen fish fryers to the church.

Monday, Hopkins pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 180 days behind bars.

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