- Associated Press - Thursday, February 18, 2016

COTTONWOOD, Ariz. (AP) - Police in Cottonwood have arrested a man they say tried to break into a church.

Officers say they spotted 25-year-old Vincent Edward Heslin II in a SUV parked at the church around 2:30 a.m. Thursday.

They questioned Heslin and then noticed a screwdriver on the floorboard.

He was found to have an outstanding warrant.

A subsequent search found Heslin had screws that matched a vent grate in the church.

Officers then discovered a black ski mask, bolt cutters and other tools in the SUV.

Heslin told police he was not trying to break in but be “annoying” by removing the screws.

Heslin, of Cottonwood, is being held in Camp Verde jail on one count each of burglary, possession of burglary tools and defacing property used for religious purposes.


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