Caught on Tape: Pa. church hit twice by burglar in one night

Surveillance video of a burglary suspect inside the Christ Temple World Outreach Center in Darby Borough, Pa., Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013.
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(CBS) DARBY BOROUGH, Pa. - A thief was caught on surveillance video breaking into a suburban Philadelphia  church - twice in about an hour.

Police think he could be the same burglar who has been preying on homes, churches, and even the town library in Darby Borough, CBS Philly reports.

They're taking a hard look at the surveillance video that captured the incident early Sunday morning.

"All burglaries were very similar in what was taken. Flat screen TV's, we believe some jewelry, things like that you can carry," Chief Rob Smythe of Darby Borough Police told the station.

Police say the thief broke into the Christ Temple World Outreach Center just before 2 a.m. Saturday, grabbing a computer and audio equipment before triggering the alarm. He escaped before police arrived, but the video shows him returning just over an hour later for more.

"He needs help and that's why we're here in this community to minister to people," Pastor Timothy Babatunde said.

The church pastor says he was on his way there after the first alarm went off and saw what he thinks was the suspect walking down the street with their stolen items, but didn't know until he checked the cameras. He turned that video over to police, who say they've had a dozen burglaries just in the last two weeks, according to CBS Philly.

"We believe once we get him we are going to find out that he was responsible for these, and at least the church and the library," Chief Smythe said.

"If he comes tomorrow, we'll minister to him," the pastor said.

The thief is believed to have gotten away with items worth thousands of dollars.