Church burglaries on the rise

| May 26, 2011

INO, Ala. — It was a step Ino Baptist Church administrator Wayne Russell did not want to take, but after last week’s events, the church’s security measures are increasing.

Two burglaries occurred at the large church last week, and money was taken in each incident, Russell said.

In the latest event, thieves took a safe containing about $1,400 late Thursday or early Friday. Law enforcement officers recovered the empty safe from a Covington County creek near Kinston om Saturday, Coffee County Sheriff’s Department Investigator Johnny Knowles said.

In the first break-in, money was taken from an office drawer. Doors to some of the interior offices also were broken in the burglaries, Russell said.

The events have caused church officials to reevaluate security policies. Russell said previous security policies were lax by design due to the church’s rural location.

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