Police: Man breaks into church with sledgehammer before stealing van

Police are searching for a man accused of breaking into a Gwinnett County church with a sledgehammer, then stealing a van.

The break-in, which was caught on surveillance cameras, happened on January 17 at the Salt and Light Presbyterian Church on South Lee Street in Buford.

Investigators said the man first stayed on the property for about 10 hours. He was seen sleeping overnight on the outdoor heating unit to keep warm as several inches of snow fell across metro Atlanta. Then, the next morning, he broke in.

Gwinnett County Police said the man stole a number of items from the church, including clothing, red headphones, and a 15-passenger van.

Anyone with information on the man's identity is asked to call police at 770-513-5300. He's described as a white male with tattoos on his right arm.

The stolen church van is a gray 2008 Chevrolet Express with "Salt and Light Presbyterian Church" decals on both sides.