A man who admitted he broke into a local church last September to search for money to buy food will serve his sentence on probation.
Michael L. Rambo Jr., 21, received a four-year suspended sentence Tuesday in Allen Superior Court for burglary, a Level 5 felony, which will be served on probation. Rambo pleaded guilty Dec. 14.
Rambo admitted he broke into Anchor Community Church, 1529 Third St., at about 2:30 p.m. Sept. 1 to search for money to buy food. He told police during an interview at the time that he entered the church with the intent of stealing money. Police found a screen cut in the rear of the church that may have been used to gain entry.
Defense attorney Anthony Churchward asked Allen Superior Court Judge John Surbeck to consider Rambo's mental health issues, while Deputy Prosecutor Adam Mildred said the pastor of the church was concerned for Rambo's well-being by getting help at Park Center.
Surbeck ordered Rambo released from custody, but was concerned Rambo had not secured housing. Rambo said his brother offered him a room.
Rambo has 102 days' jail credit.