Crime & Courts

Woodstock police charge 2nd man in connection with church, gas station burglaries

Woodstock police have charged a second person in connection with a series of burglaries.

Police officers responded about
1:45 a.m. Oct. 30 to Gas Cap Fuels,
401 S. Eastwood Drive, Woodstock, and found two suspects inside actively burglarizing the business, Woodstock Police Chief John Lieb said in a news release.

The two were arrested, and police believe the suspects are responsible for an additional burglary at St. Mary Catholic Church, 312 Lincoln Ave., police said.

Jonathan M. Franzen, transient, was charged with burglary and is being held on $4,000 bond. He is expected to appear in court Tuesday, police said.

Travis T. Flight, of the 400 block of Leah Lane, Woodstock, faces several felony and misdemeanor charges in connection with thefts at the gas station and Walmart, as well as the church burglary.

Flight faces charges of burglary to a place of worship, burglary, possession of burglary tools, theft of more than $500, theft of less than $500 and criminal damage to property less than $300, police said.

A church employee said Flight had done outreach to the homeless community with the church.

The incidents began Oct. 24, when police said Flight entered the church, stole a set of keys and damaged a door handle, according to a criminal complaint.

He then stole from Walmart,
1275 Lake Ave., by switching the price tags on several items, a separate complaint said.

Using the keys he allegedly stole, Flight returned to the church Oct. 29, a church employee said.

The final incident happened
Oct. 30, when Flight is accused of entering Gas Cap Fuels, damaging a pane of glass and stealing a credit card reader, according to a separate complaint.

He also allegedly was in possession of a pair of white latex gloves, a silver lock pick, a set of Allen wrenches and a flashlight, the complaint said.

A judge has appointed a public defender to represent Flight.

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