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Out-of-state tags connect man to church break-ins

Posted February 23, 2011 5:00 p.m. EST

A New Hampshire license plate links a suspect to eight church break-ins, including six in Johnston County, sheriff's office spokeswoman Tammy Amaon said Wednesday.

Robert Edwin Bowman, 26, was arrested Monday and charged with breaking and entering a place of worship, larceny after breaking and entering, injuring real property and possession of burglary tools. 

Amaon said members of a Harnett County church remembered that Bowman and a woman stopped in asking for money for food and gas the night before their sanctuary was robbed. They told deputies the New Hampshire plates on Bowman's car stood out.

On Monday, a member of Pisgah Baptist Church in Johnston County spotted Bowman running from that church to a car with New Hampshire tags and called authorities.

Amaon said Bowman has been linked to break-ins at churches across Johnston County and is a suspect in similar crimes in Harnett and Wake counties.