Church hit again by thieves in Lexington

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A Lexington pastor says thieves keep targeting his church.

He says the most recent theft at Christ Centered Church on Eastland Parkway damaged one of the church's vans.

Now, church members are making some changes hoping to keep the thieves away.

They are no stranger to crime. In the past five to six years, they've been hit eight times, and the last time a catalytic converter was stolen off of one of their vans.

"We forgive and go on. That's all we can do," said Bill Pence, a trustee at the church.

It's something they are used to at this point, but they say that doesn't make it any less frustrating when it happens again.

"The cost to us is a lot more than they would gain out of it, but that's not a concern to them I would suppose," said Mo Spurlock, the trustee chairman.

Having not used the van that was targeted in the last month, they aren't sure when it happened. And to their surprise, only one of the four vans wouldn't start.

"The others were not impacted whatsoever, but I believe this van was more shielded from open sight which we are going to address just as soon as we get it back," said Pence.

Multiple break-ins, thefts, and vandalisms have pushed church officials to up their security.

"We are installing security cameras, and we'll also probably be installing an additional light system out in the parking lot and it will be on overnight," said Spurlock.

We are told cameras were installed indoors just three weeks ago. It's the exterior of the building that still needs protection.

As for why they continue to be targeted, people at the church believe it's because of their secluded location.

Church leaders tell us none of the people responsible for these crimes at Christ Centered Church have been caught.

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