School janitor admits to St. Bridget's Church burglaries

2012-02-03T20:00:00Z School janitor admits to St. Bridget's Church burglariesBy Times Staff nwitimes.com
February 03, 2012 8:00 pm  • 

HOBART | A Gary man employed as a janitor at St. Bridget's Catholic School admitted to committing a string of recent burglaries of church properties, including the school and rectory.

The incidents began last June and were as recent as last weekend.

During a taped interview, Fred Christopher Greene, 26, confessed his guilt to Hobart Detective Jeremy Ogden, who had been investigating the case.

Greene said he had stolen a master key to open the doors to the rectory and the school to commit the burglaries, including one on Christmas Day.

Ogden said some of the stolen items, including a projector, camera and radio, taken from the school on Jan. 26, were found at Greene's home.

The Rev. Dominic Bertino, pastor of St. Bridget's Parish, in the 500 block of East Second Street, said the first of the burglaries was early June 11. He woke up and noticed the outside doors of his residence at the rectory were open.

He discovered money missing from a box in a cabinet in his office area and found no evidence of forced entry.

On Dec. 25, again in the early morning hours, Bertino said he returned to the rectory after midnight Mass to find money and a television missing from the living room.

He also discovered a bag of gold coins missing from his bedroom closet. The house had been locked and there was no evidence of forced entry.

On Jan. 26, Bertino reported the items missing from the elementary school, along with a small amount of cash.

After viewing surveillance video, Bertino saw Greene in the school after midnight, going in a classroom with a backpack and flashlight.

Greene has been charged with three felonies: two counts of Class B burglary and one count of Class C burglary.

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