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Jail releases church burglary suspect due to overcrowding

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A man accused of burglarizing the same southeast Portland church twice in a month is no longer behind bars due to jail overcrowding.

Jeffrey Wilson, 45, was arrested last week on burglary charges. Police said he broke into the Central Christian Church, 1844 SE Cesar Chavez Blvd., on Feb. 25 and again on March 24.

The second burglary happened just hours before Sunday service was set to begin. The service had to be canceled due to the crime.

According to court documents, Wilson admitted getting into the church by breaking out a small window in a basement stairwell and crawling inside.

Police said he admitted stealing cash and items including musical equipment, a coffee pot and two speakers. He said he used a small hand truck to get the items out and was seen leaving on a bicycle.

His bail had been set at $10,000, but Multnomah County Jail workers confirmed he was released on Sunday because of overcrowding at the jail.

He is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.

He was arrested after the church released surveillance video and community members recognized him and called police.

Detectives said they were investigating whether he was involved in any other burglaries in the area.

"He's a dangerous person and I really think he needs to get help, at the least," Pastor David Brink, of the Central Catholic Church, said after Wilson's arraignment. "And certainly he needs to be incarcerated until that comes."

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