Deputies say a 19-year-old youth counselor broke into and stole money from his Port Charlotte church on September 6.
Jeremy Scott Walker, 19, was arrested Monday and charged with Burglary and Grand Theft.
According to a sheriff’s report, deputies on September 6 found the rear door of Palm Tabernacle Ministries at 390 Flamingo Blvd. in Port Charlotte open after receiving a call about a burglary at the church.
Once inside, deputies spotted a broken administrator’s door and filing cabinet that had been forced open in order to get a key to the church’s safe.
Deputies say the safe contained cash and checks which were stolen.
Investigators reportedly found fingerprints on a cash envelope in the safe and on a couch nearby.
When deputies reviewed surveillance footage from a church security camera, they spotted a white male wearing what appeared to be a mask and baggy T-shirt.
The church administrator and pastor told detectives the man in the video resembled Walker, a Port Charlotte High School student.
On September 8, Crime Scene technicians matched the fingerprints to Walker, the report said.
Detectives say the money was taken to purchase drugs.