SOUTHINGTON – Police charged a local 20-year-old with breaking into St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and stealing an empty safe.
Dylan Fournier, 20, of 85 Bristol St. was charged with third-degree burglary, second-degree criminal mischief and sixth-degree larceny.
Police said the safe was stolen from St. Paul’s, 145 Main St., in March and there was also property damage done at the church. Police collected DNA and fingerprints from the scene and submitted them to the state forensic laboratory, according to Lt. Stephen Elliott.
Results from the lab led police to arrest Fournier, whose bond was set at $50,000.
Pure Skin, Beauty Bar, Beauty Bar Academy, Casey's Image Consultants and Salon Zurell were all burglarized between March 4 and April 20. In each case, entry was gained by smashing windows or forcing open doors, Elliott said. Cash taken ranged from $40 from Casey's Image Consultants to $10,000 from Salon Zurell, 710 Main St.
A safe was stolen from Salon Zurell and smashed open in the parking lot.
Elliott said police are investigating whether there is a connection between Fournier and the other break-ins. He has not been charged in any of the other incidents. Elliott said arrests haven’t been made in the other burglaries but that police are working on the cases.
In April, a burglar forced open a door at Factory Square to get into Witchdoctor Brewing Co., around 10 p.m. on St. Patrick's Day and damaged the cash register. That night or early the next morning, police said Fournier broke into St. Paul’s church.