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Deputies investigating seven recent church break-ins in Union County

Suspects smashed the donation box at one Union County church (Source:WBTV). Suspects smashed the donation box at one Union County church (Source:WBTV).
UNION COUNTY, NC (WBTV) -

Baptist churches have recently been the target of break-ins in Union County.

Seven Union County churches have been broken into in the past week, according to Tony Underwood, Public Information Officer with the Union County Sheriff’s Office.

Underwood said Antioch Baptist Church, Bethany Baptist Church, Calvary Baptist Church, Macedonia Baptist Church, Sandy Ridge Baptist Church, and Hillcrest Baptist Church, and Houston Baptist  have all reported break-ins this week. In some cases, nothing was taken from the buildings, but in others, thieves took electronics or cash.

“A lot of these are rural churches. Not a lot of homes and businesses in the close proximity to where these are taking place,” said Underwood.

Underwood said the incidents are likely related and all seven cases are still under investigation.

“Most of the time they are looking for cash only. Often times, intern it is used to purchase drugs,” said Underwood.

Eddie Powers, Pastor at Sandy Ridge Baptist Church, said one of his church members discovered damaged doors inside of their building this week. The doors appeared to have been kicked in.

“The usually locked doors were wide open,” explained Powers.

He said the donation box inside of an office was also damaged, but nothing appeared to have been stolen. He said repairing the doors will cost around $2,000 and he is concerned this incident will worry his congregation.

“It actually makes our members very uneasy because we have groups that meet here at different times,” said Powers. “Know this, churches do not keep money on hand so really it is a pointless endeavor.”

The pastor isn’t holding a grudge against those who are responsible for the break-in. He actually offers them help if they are in need.

“Let us help you and keep you out of a life of crime and desperation,” said Powers. “Stealing is not the way.”

Underwood said no suspects have been identified in the cases, and no surveillance images are available at this time.

“We are providing additional patrols in some of these areas where these break-ins are taking place,” said Underwood.

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