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Messy face tips off cops to 'ice cream junkie' bandit

A Missouri burglary suspect was caught red handed — with a messy face, police say.

Police booking photo of Andrew Steven Jung

A self-described “ice cream junkie” has been charged with a felony after breaking into a church freezer and making off with an undetermined amount of the frozen delight, police say.


Police say Andrew Steven Jung, 24, of St. Charles, Mo., was intoxicated when he smashed a glass door to the kitchen at St. Peter’s Catholic Church on March 8. He went into the church’s deep freezer to steal the ice cream, police told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Jung was found walking some three blocks from the scene of the crime, police said. And, apparently, he was easy to spot: The still-drunk man had ice cream smeared on his face and clothing, police told the newspaper.

In a videotaped interview referred to in court documents, Jung said he was an “ice cream junkie,” the paper reported.


At the time of the incident, Jung was on probation for the burglary of another St. Charles church, the Post-Dispatch reported.

Jung, according to the St. Charles County court records, does not yet have an attorney. He remains in jail on $30,000 bond. He is charged with burglary, theft and property damage. A hearing is set in the case for March 25.

Jung was ordered to have no contact with St. Peters parish, according to court documents.