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East Setauket Man Charged in Church Burglary

Newsday reports the pastor interrupted the burglary and subdued the alleged thief.

An East Setauket man has been charged following an alleged burglary at a Center Moriches church in which the pastor interrupted the incident, according to a report published Friday in Newsday.

Police said Brian Cook, 43, broke into Lamb's Chapel early Thursday morning and was ransacking the church when pastor Michael Jankowski walked in.

According to Newsday, Jankowski prayed for the alleged burglar as he attempted to subdue him.

"I said there was a different way to live. He didn't have to live this way – that there was hope for him," Jankowski told Newsday.

Cook was charged with third-degree burglary, a felony. He was arraigned Friday and bail was set at $5,000.

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Johny Q March 11, 2013 at 03:37 PM
Hope he knows how to make a good drink.. he will be serving behind bars. Now that's a different way to live now, isn't it?
Rhianna Blue August 10, 2013 at 03:01 PM
This man was my health theacher for 5 grade only a year or so ago it sad to no that he was arrested cuz he was the one saying not to get into drugs

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