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Silver stolen from Carlsbad church found during traffic stop

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CARLSBAD (CNS) - A 24-year-old Oceanside man is expected to face burglary and vandalism charges stemming from the alleged theft of silver items from a Carlsbad church that were found in his vehicle during a traffic stop in Vista, authorities said Monday.

A sheriff's deputy pulled over Jeremy Rayburn at Lupine Hills and Shadowridge Drive in Vista on Sunday and initially arrested him on suspicion of driving under the influence, according to Carlsbad police.

"During the traffic stop, the deputy reported noticing unusual property in the vehicle and, on closer inspection, the property was inscribed with St. Michael's Church," according to a police statement.

The property was reported stolen from St. Michael's Episcopal Church on Carlsbad Boulevard on Feb. 18, according to police, who said Rayburn confessed to the break-in and was re-arrested on suspicion of burglary and vandalism. He was booked into the Vista jail and later released on bail.

All of the silver items were recovered, according to Sgt. Greg White.

Father Doran Stambaugh told CBS News 8 the suspect shattered the marble tabernacle and stole the items, worth thousands of dollars. He says he thought he'd never see them again.

"They're priceless in the sense they're 50 to 60 years old given in memory of founders of the church," he said.

Stambaugh added Rayburn wanted to apologize to him in person, then boxed up the stolen items and took them out to his car.

"He seemed genuinely remorseful," he said. "I told him we forgive him. I was able to tell him I didn't know who I was praying for, but had been praying for him for about two and a half weeks.

"I pray this would be a turning point in this man's life," he said.

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