Four churches are hit by break-ins

June 30, 1994|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Sun Staff Writer

Intruders broke into four churches in Carroll County Tuesday night and yesterday morning. Police believe the same person or group is responsible for all the burglaries.

The churches, which stretch over an area of about 30 miles from north to south county, were all searched for money and other valuables, state police said.

The burglaries were discovered by church employees when they arrived Wednesday morning.

Another attempted break-in was discovered about 7 p.m. Tuesday at Trinity Lutheran Church in the 800 block of Deer Park Road. Officials told police someone damaged two outside doors after 3 p.m. in an apparent attempt to get into the building. Nothing was taken.

* Overnight, burglars broke into the Wesley United Methodist Church in the 3200 block of Carrollton Road, Hampstead, by opening a rear window into a supply room for pre-school students in the educational building, police were told by the pastor, Jeffrey Odom.

The intruders kicked open the door to the church office, destroying it and stealing an envelope with Tuesday's Bible school offering and an envelope containing money from the pastor's desk. Also taken was a large portable stereo system.

The cash loss is about $100; church officials were unable to estimate the cost of the stereo and the damage to the doors.

* St. Mark's United Church of Christ on Cape Horn Road in the Hampstead area was broken into by someone who pried open a door and searched the building. Officials of the church said the damage to the doors will cost about $300 to repair.

* St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in the 800 block of Leister's Church Road just north of Westminster was entered after someone forced a rear door. The intruders searched desks and cabinets, police said. The damage and loss were not immediately known.

* At Ebenezer United Methodist Church in the 4900 block of Woodbine Road in the Sykesville area someone forced the rear door to the education building, the pastor, Richard Simpson, told police. He said the intruders forced open the locked door to his office and ransacked desks and file cabinets.

Mr. Simpson said the burglars also went to the sanctuary and moved the components of the sound system.

A videocassette recorder was taken, but its value and the damage to the door were not immediately known.

State police investigators have asked anyone who saw a person or vehicle around any of the churches Tuesday night or early Wednesday, or who has any information about the burglaries, to call the Westminster barracks at 848-3111.

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