Burglar busts into Lakeside Presbyterian Church, preschool 

Police are hunting an unholy burglar who smashed windows, kicked in doors and ransacked offices at a church and preschool in San Francisco on Monday morning.

The suspect was seen on surveillance camera footage around 4:30 a.m. burglarizing the Lakeside Presbyterian Church at 201 Eucalyptus Drive, near the Stonestown Galleria mall.

A 150-student preschool is on the property. Church officials and educators arrived at the address Monday to find a massive mess. Shattered glass littered the kindergarten classroom, according to police, and numerous offices had been turned upside down.

Also, the crook had the audacity to fuel up on stolen snacks during the heist, officials said.

“We have him on video taking a break, taking a sip of 7UP,” the Rev. J.D. Ward of the parish said.

The suspect even devoured a can of Vienna sausage intended for the needy, Ward said.

The burglar kicked in seven doors to gain access to offices. He did not steal computers, leading church officials to believe he was hoping to score quick cash. Around 4:40 a.m., surveillance footage showed the man leaving the property with an electric-piano case.

“We don’t think he got any cash,” Ward said.

On Monday, the church and school were still assessing the damage and what else might have been stolen.

The crook “basically kicked in all the doors pretty thoroughly,” Ward said. “Two of the doors are just gone.”

Police now have a hold of the surveillance footage and are searching for the suspect.

Ward said the unfortunate aspect of the theft was that the crook did not need to steal.

“If he just would have knocked on the door four hours later, we would have been happy to help him with anything he needed,” Ward said.

The church appears to have already forgiven the burglar. Officials hope the suspect is caught so he won’t strike again, but they say they are willing to help him if that’s what he needs.

“The guy must have been really desperate,” Ward said.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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