BRADENTON -- Police have arrested the man they say broke into a downtown Bradenton church and stole electronic equipment, according to the Bradenton Police Department.
At about 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dakota Perkins, 18, of Bradenton, was arrested after a family member called police to their home to turn him in, police officials said. The family member had seen his photo on Bradenton.com, the Bradenton Herald's website, according to a news release.
Police said he is currently cooperating with police in their attempt to locate the stolen items. He has also admitted to the crimes, police said.
Perkins is being charged with burglary of an unoccupied structure and attempted burglary of an unoccupied structure.
Between, 8:45 and 9 p.m. Sept. 15, police say Perkins entered First Presbyterian Church, 1402 Manatee Ave. W., after throwing a brick through a southside window, police said in a news release.
Police said he stole a portable sound mixer, several microphones, cables and a digital projector. He also damaged several areas within the church.
Perkins was also seen trying to break into the First Baptist Church of Bradenton, 1306 Manatee Ave. W.
First Presbyterian Church did not wish to comment on the story and calls to First Baptist Church for comment were unreturned.