Burglars hit churches in 40-plus Indiana communities

| July 8, 2012

GREENWOOD — More than 40 Indiana churches have been burglarized in recent weeks, prompting at least one community to consider boosting patrols and perhaps even putting sheriff's deputies inside churches.

In Johnson County, south of Indianapolis, at least seven churches have been broken into over the past six days by burglars who smashed or jimmied open doors and took money, guitars and a tool box.

"It's a rash where they're hitting churches almost every day of the week," said Sheriff Doug Cox. "It's a sad state of affairs when you have people stealing from churches."

Cox told the Daily Journal for a story published Tuesday that he plans to step up patrols near churches and is looking at putting sheriff's deputies inside churches. He's asking residents to watch for anything suspicious, particularly unfamiliar vehicles parked outside churches at night.

Johnson County is just the latest Indiana community with a string of church burglaries.

 

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