Evansville Police arrested 41-year-old Kenneth Ray Hurtz on Theft and Resisting charges early Friday morning. The arrest came after officers were dispatched to a burglary in progress at a south side church.
Officers say Hurtz fled from the church when they arrived, but they captured him after a short foot chase. A 911 caller then identified him as the person who had been on the roof.
Investigators believe Hurtz was in the process of stealing a $13,000 AC unit from the roof. The AC unit had been disassembled and portions had already been lowered to the ground.
The same church had been the victim of a similar theft recently and had just replaced the unit.
Recently, there have been other thefts in the area. Investigators are looking to see if Hurtz might have been involved in those thefts as well.
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