Man accused of burglarizing churches makes scene in court

Francis Warwas was angry in court on Wednesday. So angry, in fact, that he destroyed a $20 light. That could mean 4 years in prison.

- A man accused of stealing cash and checks from several Metro Detroit churches is facing a judge, but the serious charges apparently didn't faze him much: he put on quite a show for the judge.

Francis Warwas is accused of stealing from four churches in the area. While most people would cooperate with the judge when they have to go to court, Warwas appears to not be like most people.

"You're not cooperating with me! I've been wrapped up like a biscuit in a piece of plastic for three days now," Warwas said in his video appearance. "I don't understand anything you said after you didn't answer my question about this suit right here."

That 'suit' was his jail-issued jumpsuit and Warwas wasn't happy with it, apparently. At one point, he even took the clothes off while on the stand.

When Judge Suzane Fuance told him he wouldn't get an attorney yet, he continued.

"I don't have the right to an attorney, I've been questioned, I've been put in plastic, stuff has been taken from me - my clothes - everything has been taken from me. Where are my rights?" he said.

Detective James Wolfe,  Warren Police said the clothes he was complaining about were taken as evidence, which is procedure.

Authorities say he broke in and stole money from four different churches in Warren - and in one case they even got him on video tape. He casually walked in and looked like a regular church goer but Det. Wolfe said that's just not the case with him.

"He went into a church but he's not an active church goer, not for this particular church," Wolfe said.

He's been charged with four church lefts in Warren but is also facing another charge in Madison Heights. For theft. From a church.

The four charges on Wednesday are all felonies and he could get 10 years in prison. 


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