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Church targeted by thieves for 7th time in 2 years

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

PAINTSVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - One Paintsville church was recently the target of thieves for the 7th time in two years, and they say they have had enough.

Around 4:00 last Thursday morning Paintsville First Church of God Pastor Dan Heaberlin got a startling wake up call.

"Who would think somebody would break into one of those little tiny windows in the basement?" he said"

Someone had broken into the church by prying through a window.

It happened the same way last March.

"I wouldn't ever do it. Well I'm the pastor you'd expect me to say that, but even before I became a Christian, I knew there was a God some place. I would not break into his house. That's just stupid," said Heaberlin.

The pastor says this is the 7th time in two years their church has been broken into and the 2nd time that specific window was used, so they decided to amp up their security to prevent it from happening again.

"We're happy with the security system, but we thought we'd get cameras in there now so we can get his little face on there next time and go talk to him real serious," said Heaberlin.

He says they believe the same person is behind the last two break-ins even though they ran before stealing anything this time.

"It more than surprises me. It amazes me. Especially to a church that gives out food. If they need something, if they need food, if they need money, we don't have money to give them but we can give them food," said Heaberlin.

He hopes improving the security system will keep them from coming back.

Anyone with information about either of these break-ins should call Paintsville Police.

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