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Caught with his arm in the church drop box, a Vero Beach burglar's drug habit lands him in jail

Posted at 3:53 PM, Mar 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-26 22:54:27-04

A Vero Beach man was found with his arm stuck in a church drop box trying to steal money.

Charles Hinckley hurt his arm when he tried stealing from a Vero Beach church to pay for drugs, according to an arrest report. Hinckley admitted that he was trying to steal money when he was found by an officer with his arm stuck in the drop box on Saturday, according to reports.

Hinckley admitted to the officer that he works as a maintenance worker at the church and had stolen money from the drop box before. His arm was freed and Hinckley was taken to the Indian River Medical Center for assessment, according to the incident report.

When questioned by detectives, Hinckley admitted he would use a garbage picker to pull bags of money from the drop box so he could get a quick fix, but he would return the excess money so the missing money wouldn't be noticed. He admitted to stealing money fom the drop box five different times, according to the arrest report.

Hinckley was arrested for felony burglary. His bond was set at one thousand dollars.