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Outraged over church thieves



Churchthieves Burglaries across the city have risen as the economy has sunk. But police say one brand of burglar has stooped particularly low: They're targeting churches.

And some readers are outraged. They've got suggestions about how churches can protect themselves and ideas for police.

Candi writes: "Invest in cameras maybe in and out of the church. And when there caught, the judge can make them pay for damages. Shame on them. I wonder if they attend a service to case the church out first? Any new faces on Sunday mornings ?"

Mike says: "Don't forget schools. Lakewood, Bay Point and Gibbs (St. Pete schools) have all been hit. The burglars broke into portables at night and took TV's and anything else they could get their hands on."

James writes: "A lot of churches help out with food banks, donations of turkeys, going to missions, donations of blankets, clothes, etc. They are repaid by being broken into which hampers their ability to help others. These thieves are LOSERS!

Got any suggestions for the churches or police?

Photo: Trinity United Church of Christ Pastor Gaye Bosley-Mitchell opens the office door to her church where thieves broke in. James Borchuck | Times

[Last modified: Monday, May 24, 2010 3:47pm]


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