Crime

He’s on parole for church break-ins. Now he’s behind bars again.

Robert Daniel Hoda
Robert Daniel Hoda

A convicted burglar known for breaking into churches has been arrested on a new burglary charge.

Robert Daniel Hoda, 32, is accused of burglarizing a shed Tuesday in the 4000 block of Adams Street, Gulfport Police Sgt. Joshua Bromen said.

Hoda had worked for the victim and still had a key to the owner’s storage shed, Bromen said.

Hoda stole several pieces of yard equipment and was arrested later Tuesday at Pass Road and Loposser Avenue, he said.

Hoda has a $25,000 bond but he can’t post bail. He’s being held on a parole warrant from his convictions on multiple church break-ins reported in 2011.

At the time, a Harrison County sheriff’s investigator said Hoda directed operations for a total of five church break-ins. Four other people were arrested on related charges.

Michael Memorial Baptist Church on John Clark Road had the highest losses. Everything was stolen from its fellowship hall including 38 beef briskets, a sheriff’s official said.

The other break-ins were at Bayou View Baptist Church, Gulfport Holiness Church, Gulf Haven Mennonite Church and Grace Chapel.

Items stolen included assorted guitars, amplifiers, laptop computers, meat roasters, utensils and snowball and popcorn machines.

Hoda was convicted on four burglaries and one burglary was passed to court files, according to the county jail docket.

The state prison website shows Hoda’s parole supervision is set to end Jan. 15, 2017. He will go back to prison if a circuit court judge revokes his parole.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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