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Thieves vandalize and steal from local church

CINCINNATI (Angela Ingram) -- Churches are becoming the the new hot spot for criminals in one part of the tri-state.
    
Thieves are sneaking into places of worship stealing and vandalizing.  The pastor at Metropolitan Baptist Church says someone broke in but when the alarm went off the person got out quick. 

At Prince of Peace Lutheran Church there was a lot of damage and the church workers had been working to restore the old building.  The frame of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church is still in tact, hints of its former glory remain.  But about three weekends ago Pastor John Suguitan found an uninvited visitor at the church on Race Street.

Suguitan said, "And I opened the door and sure enough someone just exits the door as we come in.  As we walked in the church, we saw all the destruction that he or maybe more than one individual had done overnight."
   
The thief left broken glass on floors and stole food used to feed the poor in OTR.  Prince of Peace is known for helping, even during the holidays.  After the first break-in there was another nine days later.

Police have gotten calls about several similar break-ins at churches in the same general area.  About a week ago Metropolitan at Central and 15th was hit.  The thief didn't get anything because the alarm went off.

Prince of Peace is in the middle of restoring its sanctuary.  Both pastors say it's unfortunate that people are damaging places that help others in need.  Both pastors say they would've gladly given the thief food or whatever they could give. 

Police haven't said whether any of the break-ins are connected.  If you have any information that can help police find the thieves call Crime Stoppers at 513-352-3040. 



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