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Teen in custody for over a dozen church burglaries

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Brandon Lee Masters following his initial court appearance on August 30. Brandon Lee Masters following his initial court appearance on August 30.
Det. Sgt. Todd Hollis Det. Sgt. Todd Hollis
Pastor Chris Gustafson Pastor Chris Gustafson
A broken window at one of the church burglary sites. A broken window at one of the church burglary sites.

JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) - More than a half-dozen Jeffersonville churches have been burglarized over the last couple of weeks. Now Jeffersonville Police say they finally have the person responsible. According to Jeffersonville Police, Brandon Lee Masters confessed to 14 burglaries in at least eight churches.  

Masters, 18, is charged with two counts of burglary but about a dozen more charges are forthcoming, police say. He is also charged with resisting arrest. Detective Sergeant Todd Hollis says he led Jeffersonville Police on a chase during which K-9 units and the Louisville Metro Police helicopter were called in to assist. Hollis says Masters was feverishly trying to get away and actually "ran out of his shoes." 

Thursday night, Masters allegedly broke a window at Lincoln Park Church police and went across the street to Eastern Heights Baptist Church and did the same.  

"He'd apparently picked up a cement vase that we had out here," said Pastor Chris Gustafson, "threw it through the window."  

Gustafson said a motion sensor tripped the alarm and alerted police. When officers arrived, police say Masters kicked through a back door and got away. Police caught up with him in a nearby house in the 2900 block of Sellers Court after getting a tip.  

According to police, money was the motive. After questioning Masters for a couple of hours, detectives say he confessed to the Thursday night burglaries as well as a dozen more. Some churches were burglarized more than once. Damaged windows, doors, and drawers accounted for most of the loss.  

"He did a lot more damage to the churches than the value of any property he got which is very little value," said Hollis.  

Detectives estimate that total loss amount is in the thousands. They are also investigating the possibility of others being involved. 

Masters was made his initial court appearance Friday afternoon in Jeffersonville. He is being held in the Clark County Jail. 

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