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Hickory Police investigating Church break-ins

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HICKORY, NC (WBTV) -

Police in Hickory are investigating to see if recent break-ins at three churches are all connected.

Temple Baptist Church reported a break-in last Wednesday. Then, the next day, Iglesia Evangelista and United House of Prayer filed police reports.

In all cases someone broke a window to gain entry.

At Temple Baptist, the inside office area was ransacked and about $80 in collection money was taken.

The other churches could not find anything significant missing but all had to deal with expensive damage. Even so, officials said it could have been much worse. "

The Lord was looking out for us," said Pastor Elder Jennings at the United House of Prayer.

Jennings said it does sadden him to think someone would target a church instead of just asking for help.

"That is our purpose and we would help someone who is in need." 

Police do not have any suspects in the break-ins and so far, have not been able to definitively connect all three or even just two to the same culprit.

Tuesday afternoon, a neighbor of the Iglesia Evangelista Church said she thought she saw someone suspicious Monday night at the church.

"I saw two men in a van on the side of the church," said Jasmine Propst. "They climbed on top and used a ladder to get into a window and they crawled in and crawled out."

Propst says the two left after they saw her looking at what they were doing. She said she does think the men were involved in a break-in but could not be sure.

No report had been filed with police on the alleged incident as of Tuesday afternoon. 

Propst says it did upset her to see what she saw.

"It's God's house and no one should be stealing from God." 

Hickory Police say they are following up every lead and have increased patrols near all churches in the area.

Anyone who sees something suspicious around the churches or knows something about the break-ins should call the Hickory Police Department.

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