A Philadelphia man has implicated himself in the burglaries of 20 Catholic churches and rectories in Pennsylvania and three neighboring states, detectives said yesterday.
They also said that they were investigating him in connection with many more burglaries of religious buildings. In all, detectives said, the man implicated himself in "several hundred" burglaries in the last three years in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and New York.
The man, Mark Haller, 34, of the 400 block of West York Street in the city's West Kensington section, was arrested about 5:45 p.m. Wednesday as he was getting out of a 1985 Nissan in the 2000 block of North Orianna Street. Detectives said the Nissan was stolen March 12 from the rectory at the St. Laurence Catholic Church in Upper Darby.