24 Lakeland Churches Targeted In Rash of 33 Burglaries

| October 22, 2011

LAKELAND | After being burglarized twice, Believer's Fellowship is taking measures to beef up its security system and it isn't alone.

The church is among 24 in Lakeland that have reported being burglarized from June 11 to Oct. 12. Some, like Believer's Fellowship, were broken into multiple times.

Police sad church burglaries have always happened throughout the city, but the 33 burglaries concentrated in North and East Lakeland indicate that a person or group of people are targeting churches. The number of burglaries is a spike for the city.

"I don't recall this many before," said police spokeswoman Terri Smith.

Smith said most of the items taken were those that could be easily carried. All of the churches reported forced entry through windows or doors. None reported being vandalized.

 

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