Dallas Church Burglarized For 3rd Time In 5 Years

| May 6, 2010

For some common crooks, even churches are not sacred anymore. Wednesday morning, the staff at Dallas' Casa Linda United Methodist Church discovered thieves had broken in.

Pastor James Minor has a message for them. "There is more to their life and how they can use their energy than taking from other people."

It happened between 9 p.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. Wednesday. The thieves broke a window and then meandered through the church in the ceiling. The burglars damaged doors, ceiling panels and got away with three desktop computers. To make matters worse, the thieves even used the church janitor's tools during the burglary.

"Just sick, sick at heart that anyone would do this," said church member Mary Ann White.

This is the third break-in at the church in the last five years. "Whenever you've been broken into, there's that sense of, for us, no, not again. This isn't what we needed," Pastor Minor said.

Each time, the thieves took electronics. Members say the small church can't afford any type of loss. They also can't afford a security system, so there's no surveillance video of the theft.

"The things you took will have to be replaced, and we need the money for other things," said member Allan Dial.

The church allows various community groups to host meetings and events there. Church members wonder if the thieves were part of one of those groups and cased their target ahead of time.

"We open our church to people, do so much for the community and for someone to take advantage it means we can't do the things that we feel God wants us to do," White said.

If you have any information on the case, you're asked to call Dallas Police at (214) 744-4444.



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