Parishioners fed up with a string of burglaries at their West Palm Beach church took matters into their own hands by capturing and hog-tying a man who climbed in through a window early this morning.
Armed with baseball bats, members of the Church of Nazarene at 5312 Broadway spent the night in the building to guard it.
At about 1 this morning, a man broke in. Church members were waiting for him inside. They beat him with their bats and tied him up with tape.
Police identified the burglary suspect as Ralph Thomas.
Thomas was treated at a local hospital and charged with burglary and possession of burglary tools.
An accomplice got away, police said.
Monday, March 27, 2006
According the Palm Beach Post, a church in West Palm Beach, Florida, did not treat a particular "guest" all that well. Read the story for yourself: