DANBURY -- A Danbury man who said he was still repaying the money he stole from St. Peter Church last month was arrested after he tried to break into the donation box at another Catholic church Thursday morning, according to police.

Andy Duran, 33, of Pearl Street, was taken into custody briefly before 9:45 a.m. after police responded to a report about a suspicious man in the basement of Sacred Heart Church on Cottage Street.

They found the donation box was damaged, but no money was taken.

Duran reportedly told officers that he needed money for "cigarettes and juice," then confessed he should have learned his lesson because he was still paying back money he took from St. Peter on Main Street.

In that incident, which occurred June 17, collection money from the 9 a.m. Mass was taken from an unlocked safe in the church vestry.

Police said Duran was considered a suspect but was never charged with the theft.

They assume he made the repayment arrangement with the church.

Duran is a suspect in a burglary at St. Joseph Church on Main Street, directly across the street from the police station, that was reported Wednesday morning, police said.

In that incident, the donation box and prayer candle dispenser were smashed open and an unknown amount of money was taken.

That case remains under investigation, police said.

Duran was charged with criminal trespass and attempted sixth-degree larceny for the Sacred Heart incident.

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