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Pastor caught breaking into rival’s church to steal money

By Mason White 9:34 AM July 24, 2016
David Utt 

By: Tanya Malhotra
People in Illinois, were shocked to hear of the arrest of a pastor who was busted inside his rival’s church.

Police arrested 39-year-old David Utt, who is the pastor of New Hope Community Church in downtown Canton, after he was found inside the Church of the Nazarene.

Police said that officers spotted a truck in the church parking lot at about 1 a.m. on Monday.

The vehicle was partially hidden in the grass. The windows were down and the key was still in the ignition, but there was no one around, police said.

Officers searched the area, and heard a noise coming from inside the church building.

When they entered, they found Utt using tools to pry open a safe in the office.

Utt apparently wanted the money for a good cause. The pastor is behind on his rent and he had previously set up a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for the down payment to build a new church.

However, he only raised $140 of his $20,000 goal and all donations came from the same person, who gave $20 a month over a seven month period.

The pastor was arrested and charged with criminal damage to property over $300 and possession of burglary tools.

Utt was booked into the Fulton County Jail, and his bail was set at $60,000.