NEW PORT RICHEY — A 28-year-old Brooksville man accused of breaking into two Hernando County churches earlier this year now has been charged with two Pasco church burglaries.
Patrick F. Quigley was arrested in March and accused of break-ins at two Spring Hill churches: Forest Oaks Lutheran Church at 8555 Forest Oaks Blvd., and Faith Christian Worship Center, 7410 Commercial Way.
While incarcerated, he was questioned about similar thefts at King of Kings Lutheran Church at 10337 U.S. 19 in Port Richey, and Trinity Church of Nazarene at 11038 Little Road in New Port Richey.
All of the burglaries happened in January.
At Trinity Church of Nazarene, the back doors of the church were pried open and the pastor's safe — containing $30 and church paperwork —was stolen. When questioned, Quigley said he was a lookout for the crime and blamed the theft on another person, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said.
Pasco sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll said Quigley tried to use checks stolen from the King of Kings church.
Quigley, who was transferred to the Land O'Lakes jail May 29, was charged with theft, uttering a forged instrument and two counts of burglary in the Pasco break-ins. He is being held in lieu of $55,000 bail.