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Thursday, August 9 2012, 11:36 AM EDT
Police Investigating Multiple Church Break-ins

TROTWOOD -- People usually go to church to get spiritually uplifted, but that wasn’t some would-be thieves had in mind early Wednesday morning as three houses of worship were broken into in Trotwood and Dayton. 


Even though several churches have fallen victim to the crimes, they’re not letting setbacks like these detract them from their mission.


“There are no words to express that, they would target three churches and they are all within the same vicinity” said Brenda McNeal, Pleasant Green Missionary Church Member.


Churchgoers were shocked to learn that their place of worship was the site of criminal activity.  Early Wednesday morning police in Dayton and Trotwood responded to break-ins at St. Timothy Baptist Church, St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church and Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church. 
The suspects caused damage to the front doors which will cost thousands to replace.


“Thank God for our alarm systems, and again it’s just weird that this day in age, you really have to put an alarm on the church,” said McNeal.


Many believe the audio systems were the intended targets.  In the past, air conditioning units were the focus, but increased barriers like fences are proving to be a deterrent.


“Usually they target things they can carry away fast like sound systems, microphones, instruments, things of that nature, but we usually lock those things up” said Hampton Johnson Jr., Minister, Pleasant Green Missionary Church.


As the churches clean up from the break-ins, they're using this incident as a means to strengthen their faith.


“The fact that we’ve gone that far, shows our need for the word of God” said Jerry Hunter, Associate Minister, Pleasant Green Missionary Church.


“They didn’t get far because they didn’t get anything and I don’t think they’d come back," said McNeal. "They found out that it was not an easy target because God is always watching.”


Police are still investigating the crimes.

Police Investigating Multiple Church Break-ins

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