Two churches broken into in Pikeville

Two church just 300 yards from each other were broken into and ransacked in Pikeville.

Police are looking for one person responsible for all the damage, including unwrapping Christmas presents!

Pastor Gene Layne was surprised to see his church's front door wide open Monday afternoon.

"We were coming down the road from our office place, which is about a mile down the road. As soon as we noticed it, we just parked right in the middle of the street and jumped out and came inside hoping to catch somebody in the act. We just went on in to see what the damages were," said Pastor Layne of Church of God in Pikeville.

Church of God did not experience much damage but protecting the church from future break-ins might be difficult with a door that does not close all the way.

Nothing was stolen from the Church of God, which is something members of Mt. Zion Baptist Church wish was true for their congregation.

Christmas presents were even opened during the ransack.

Both churches were broken into the same way.

"Kinda kicked the door in from the outside. When they kicked it in, you can see when they messed up our steel jam," said Pastor Layne.

"They kicked this door open, and they were wearing sneakers and busted the frame to get in," said Stafford Layne, a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church.

Pikeville police say they are looking for one perpetrator, who they hope to catch before Christmas.

"They're going to keep doing it until we stop them. They're not going to stop because churches are pretty well soft targets and cannot really secure them like you need to, so they're going to continue until they get caught," said Tony Conn, an officer with the Pikeville Police Department.

Stafford Layne has some advice for everyone until the suspect is behind bars.

"Be on the lookout and secure your building good. Make sure your doors and things are secure," said Stafford Layne.

Members of both churches say they will be praying in the meantime.

If you have any information on these burglaries, call Pikeville Police at 606-437-5111.


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