Police responding to a burglary alarm at a church on 39th Avenue said they found a man hiding inside it.
Melvin Grayer, 60, is a convicted burglar with pending felony charges.
Grayer was inside Tabernacle of Faith Church when police responded to a 4:20 a.m. burglary call Thursday, Gulfport police Sgt. Joshua Bromen said.
Officers saw a broken window when they arrived and were clearing the building when they found Grayer, he said.
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“He didn’t have time to take anything, but he tried to disable the burglary alarm and he caused some damage,” Bromen said.
Police arrested Grayer, a Gulfport resident, on a felony burglary charge, along with possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor.
Judge Brandon Ladner has denied bond. Grayer has served time for a burglary of a business from a 2011 arrest.
He is facing trial in Harrison County Circuit Court on two counts of burglary and three counts of taking a motor vehicle from arrests in 2015, the Harrison County jail docket shows.
Also, a burglary charge from an arrest in 2016 has been bound over to a grand jury.