Silver stolen from church recovered during traffic stop

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CARLSBAD, Calif. -- 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.

“We would like to commend the San Diego County sheriff's deputy for his great observation that ultimately resulted in the closure of this case,'' CPD Sgt. Greg White said.

All of the silver stolen from the church was recovered, he said.

When Reverend Doran Stambaugh of St. Michael's  Episcopal Church went to retrieve the stolen goods from Sheriff's, he was informed Rayburn wanted to apologize to him.

Rev. Stambaugh also learned Rayburn is the son of a pastor.

He described Rayburn to be remorseful and could sense he was dealing with a guilty conscience.

Rev. Stambaugh offered his help if Rayburn ever needed it in the future and said he and the rest of the congregation would pray for him.

Sheriff's officials said Rayburn is scheduled to be in court March 19.

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