Front Royal man arrested in church burglaries

The Front Royal Police Department arrested a local man on Thursday after an investigation into multiple church burglaries in town.

The Front Royal Police Department arrested a local man on Thursday after an investigation into multiple church burglaries in town.

William Roy Foster, 53, allegedly broke into St. John’s Catholic Church on Main Street on Dec. 6 and Dec. 11, a news release from the Front Royal Police Department states. He allegedly stole a bronze box and a safe with an undisclosed amount of money from the church, and those items have not yet been recovered, Detective Marc Ramey  said.

There was also a reported break-in of The First Baptist Church on First Street on Dec. 11, but Ramey said no items had been stolen. Authorities believe Foster rummaged around in the church.

Foster had been apprehended for a probation violation Thursday afternoon when he was also served on the felony warrants in this case, Ramey said. Foster has been charged with multiple counts of breaking and entering, possession of burglary tools, larceny and trespassing. A court date has not yet been set, and Foster remains in custody at the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail at this time.

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