Church robbery could lead to end of congregation

| September 1, 2011

LAWRENCE, Mass. — Members of a Lawrence church are reeling after an unholy act. Thieves stole cash and equipment and now the crime could force the congregation to close its doors.

Just one day after celebrating their 25th anniversary, members of the First Haitian Baptist Church returned to find they'd been robbed.

One day before the church’s $1,600 mortgage was due the church’s pastor prayed for guidance and help. The pastor said thieves have robbed his church at least three times, breaking side windows near the back of the church in order to slip in without being seen.

“They were targeting electronic equipment…keyboards, electric guitars, and things like that. The things that they can sell or trade for drugs,” said Chief John Romero of the Lawrence Police Department.

But police say they're not the only ones. Over the past four weeks officers have seen a spike in church thefts all in the same neighborhood. The churches are all in a two-mile radius serving poor congregations, like the First Haitian Baptist Church.

“For the first six months of this year we didn’t have and we’ve had six in five locations over the past month of so,” said Romero.

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