April 14, 2014 (Ramona) – San Diego Sheriff’s department announces the arrest of two suspects believed to have robbed St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Ramona as well as a residential burglary in San Marcos.
The church burglary occurred on April 14, when suspects broke into the Ramona church and stole safes, sacramental wine, checks, cash and other church property. On Friday, April 18, deputies from the Santee station found the stolen church safes in a dumpster in Lakeside.
After investigation tips received via Crime Stoppers and media outlets, detectives focused their investigation on Christopher Szumski, 34. They conducted surveillance and later arrested him, along with a companion, Brandon Tye who was in the vehicle with Szumski that contained stolen property.
Szumski had changed his appearance since the theft, but detectives were still able to tie him to the church burglar. During interviews by Ramona detectives, both suspects admitted to committing the Ramona church burglary as well as a residential burglary in San Marcos, according to a media release issued by the Sheriff.
Both have been booked into San Diego Central Jail on two counts of burglary and possession of stolen property. Detectives continue to investigate in hopes of recovering more stolen property and identifying the owners of stolen property found in the vehicle.