Man accused of stealing from Mennonite church in Pequea Township

Christian S. Saenen

Christian S. Saenen

PEQUEA TOWNSHIP, LANCASTER COUNTY–A Pequea Township man will stand trial after police say he stole electronics from a Mennonite church in Lancaster County last month.

Christian Saenen, 20, is charged with criminal trespass, theft by unlawful taking and possession of heroin. He waived his preliminary hearing on Friday.

The burglary happened on Aug. 27 at the Byerland Mennonite Church located along the 900 block of  Byerland Church Road in Pequea Township.

Church members told police that someone had entered the church and stole three microphones and two speakers.

Investigators say Saenen was a member of the church and quickly became a suspect.

On Aug. 30, a witness spotted a suspicious pickup truck in the parking lot of the church and called police. Officers responded and stopped Saenen’s truck as it was leaving the church.

Police recovered some of the stolen property, as well as a small amount of Heroin.

Saenen was arrested and taken to Lancaster County Prison. He was later released after posting  $100,000 bail.

He is due back in court on Oct. 14 for his formal arraignment.