Man charged in Gloversville church burglaries

City police have arrested a man they say is responsible for six church burglaries since late Novembe
Michael W.D. Johnson
Michael W.D. Johnson

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City police have arrested a man they say is responsible for six church burglaries since late November.

Michael W.D. Johnson, 29, of Sixth Avenue, was charged Friday with single counts of third-degree burglary and petty larceny. Johnson is accused of breaking into churches all over the city and stealing either small sums of cash or electronic equipment.

The burglary spree began Nov. 30 at North Main Street Methodist Church and ended Jan. 20 at the First Presbyterian Church on West Fulton Street.

Capt. James Lorenzoni said Johnson was identified as the suspect through diligent work by both detectives and patrol officers. He said evidence collected at the scenes was also instrumental in making a case against Johnson, who was spotted during patrols in close proximity to at least one of the burglaries.

Police said Johnson is still on probation stemming from a 2005 burglary conviction for breaking into the Salvation Army building in Gloversville.

Johnson was arraigned in City Court and sent to the Fulton County jail on $5,000 bail.

Police said they anticipate filing additional charges.

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