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Lyndhurst Police Charge Transient In $6,000 Theft From Church

Quentin Hunt Photo Credit: MUGSHOT: Courtesy LYNDHURST PD
Surveillance photo from St. Michael's. Photo Credit: COURTESY: Lyndhurst PD

LYNDHURST, N.J. -- After searching for him for several days, Lyndhurst police found a transient who they said stole more than $6,000 from a local church during an early morning burglary.

Detective Ronald Guirland identified 54-year-old Quentin Hunt on Tuesday in connection with Monday's theft of checks and cash kept in an unlocked safe at St. Michael's Church, Capt. John Valente said Friday night.

After searching various locations, Capt. Patrick Devlin, Sgt. Richard Pizzuti and Detective Vincent Auteri found Hunt -- whose last known address was in South Orange -- at Newark's Penn Station Friday afternoon, Valente said.

He was arrested without incident, the captain said.

A judge ordered Hunt held in the Bergen County Jail without bail pending a first court appearance on theft charges.

Lyndhurst police released surveillance photos of Hunt entering the church rectory around 7 a.m. Monday ( see above ).

He asked a church employee for food from the food bank and "was then asked to fill out a form requesting identification while the employee went to retrieve several bags of food for him," Valente said.

He's later seen on surveillance video "exiting the rectory with the bags of food and then entering the church vestibule," the captain said.

Hunt was also "observed dropping one of the money bags (empty) onto the ground prior to entering the church," he said.

He exited the church at 7:18 a.m. and was last seen walking south on Ridge Road, the captain said.

Church officials notified police after discovering the theft several hours later.

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