AUSTIN -- Police have arrested a man for stealing valuable items from Great Hills Baptist Church in Northwest Austin in April 2013.
Police charged 37-year-old Samuel Joseph Watkins with burglary of a buildng.
Police say Watkins stole numberous American Express gift cards, an Apple iPad, an acoustic guitar and an Apple Macbook Pro laptop from the church sometime during the night of April 17, 2013.
After watching surveillance footage, Pastor Terry Hurt told police that the burglar was not an employee or another person approved to be in the church after hours. Officers were able to place Watkins at the scene through fingerprints taken from desk drawers where the stolen items were stored.
Police say Watkins was a suspect in a previous North Austin church burglary.