Homeless Man Arrested Following Burglary of Church Rectory

Suspect Found by Priest Upon Returning Home

(Joppatowne, Md. – July 4, 2006) — A 23 year-old homeless man was arrested early Tuesday morning and charged in connection with the burglary of the church rectory of Father Joseph Simmons of the Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Joppatowne. Robert Gregory Funkhouser, 23, of no fixed address was charged with burglary and theft.

Funkhouser was detained a short distance from the rectory by Harford County Sheriff’s Deputies when they arrived to investigate a complaint from Father Simmons. The suspect was carrying two full size zip-lock bags containing various currencies when he was stopped. In addition to the zip-lock bags containing currency, Funkhouser had in his possession other items belonging to Father Simmons.

An investigation by Sheriff’s Deputies determined Funkhouser had entered the rectory by breaking a rear sliding glass door. At the time of the burglary Father Simmons was not home and no injuries were reported.

Funkhouser is being at the Harford County Detention Center on $20,000 bond.

Press Release

July 04, 2006