Police Investigating Church Burglary

By: Jeff Gould Email
By: Jeff Gould Email

While many people gathered Sunday morning for church services, one congregation could not. Just a few hours before services were scheduled to start, someone broke into church and did quite a bit of damage.

Members of the Happy Bible Church in Perry County showed up for services early Sunday morning, only to discover that their place of worship had been broken into just hours before, causing more than a thousand dollars damage to the building and another thousand in stolen equipment gone.

"And all of us have broken hearts right now," said Margaret Martin.

Martin was looking forward to typical Sunday morning attending church with her fellow congregants, but Sunday was anything but. When she and Randy Poff arrived early to prepare for services, what they found was appalling. The church's rear door had been broken open with a crowbar, and more than a thousand dollars worth of equipment was missing. An unplugged cable is all that's left of two speaker monitors that were used for the choir, and a VCR for children's movies was gone.

"You know, it's kind of demoralizing to show up and then see this kind of damage and see this kind of theft when you just come in on a Sunday morning to attend church," Poff said.

In addition to all the missing equipment, the phone and power lines were cut and all of the church's motion detectors destroyed. In a small bathroom, bleach taken out of a closet had been dumped all over a toilet seat. State police are currently investigating the break in, but still have no suspects.

"We've dusted for some fingerprints. We've collected some items. We're gonna be sending to out AVIS section to conduct a further investigation of the fingerprints," said Trooper Brandon Thomas.

State police are asking for your help to catch whoever's behind this. In fact, one of the congregants told me that the two stage monitors stolen were custom stained and varnished to match the pulpit and said the word "Kingdom" on them. If you do come across anything resembling these or have any other information, you're urged to contact police at 606-435-6069.

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