Tag: burglary

New bill could make church burglary a hate crime

| March 21, 2011 | 0 Comments



BIRMINGHAM (WBRC) – A state lawmaker is looking to pass a bill that would make burglaries or other criminal mischief on religious property a hate crime in Alabama. Lineville Senator Gerald Dial wants to make criminal acts against a church classified at hate crimes, and therefore, felonies. "We hope this is a deterrent for people […]




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Ind. law on church burglary ruled constitutional

| February 28, 2011 | 0 Comments



An Indiana burglary law that increases punishments for those who break into religious buildings does not violate the establishment clause of the First Amendment, an Indiana appeals court has ruled. In October 2009, Joshua Burke and two other individuals burglarized and vandalized the True Gospel Assembly Church in Indianapolis. They spray-painted walls in the church, […]




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Church break-in miraculously under wraps

| February 20, 2011 | 0 Comments



It was a midsummer night's nightmare concealed from the public. Around midnight on July 24, 2009, retired Camden County Prosecutor's Office Sgt. Kurt Levins used his pistol to bust into the rear of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) across from Shawnee High School on Tabernacle Road in Medford. With a black […]




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Suspects nabbed in theft of Judaica from Milan synagogue

| February 6, 2011 | 0 Comments



(JTA) — Police in Israel arrested four Israelis suspected of stealing precious Judaica from the main synagogue in Milan, Italy. The suspects, who were arrested Feb. 5 as part of an international operation, are accused of smuggling the Judaica to Israel for sale to collectors. All the stolen objects — silver Torah crowns, rimmonim or […]




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Guilty: Verdict reached in 2004 killing in Goldenrod Road church

| February 3, 2011 | 0 Comments



A jury found Rafael Florian guilty of first-degree murder Thursday in the 2004 suffocating and stabbing death of Margarita Hidalgo inside a church on Goldenrod Road. After hearing from the slain woman's family and their requests for justice, Orange Circuit Judge C. Jeffery Arnold sentenced Florian to life for the murder, telling him, "May God […]




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Thieves Steal More Than $50K From Mira Mesa Church

| February 1, 2011 | 0 Comments



SAN DIEGO — Police are searching for thieves who stole more than $50,000 of church offerings and $20,000 worth of computers and sound equipment from a Mira Mesa church over the weekend. Employees at the Community Bible Church in Mira Mesa arrived on Monday morning to find the glass door of the church office shattered […]




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Police: MinSec resident stole from church

| January 21, 2011 | 0 Comments



People worshiped at First Presbyterian Church in Hazleton on Sunday morning while a man ransacked desks, went through coat pockets looking for change and cigarettes and stole a leather jacket from the house of worship, a church member said. "We feel violated that the man was prowling around while we were having church services," said […]




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Pastor Assaulted Trying To Protect Church

| January 11, 2011 | 0 Comments



SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA) — Montgomery County Police are on the lookout for the man responsible for a brutal assault on a pastor inside a Silver Spring church. The burglar stole some material items, and the sense of security of the two congregations that share the facility. Blood is splattered on the front steps of […]




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Thieves hit Round Mountain church twice

| November 30, 2010 | 0 Comments



ROUND MOUNTAIN, Texas (KXAN) – Authorities in Round Mountain are searching for thieves who broke into an area church twice this month and stole more than $5,000 in yard tools and office supplies. Yard tools were stolen from St. Luke's Episcopal Church off Spur 962 on November 4. Vicar Tommy Bye told KXAN a power […]




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Church official interrupts burglary

| November 9, 2010 | 1 Comment



EAST WENATCHEE — The bad news: A burglar punched a 65-year-old church official in the face when he tried to stop him from taking items from the Eastside church about 7 p.m. Monday. The good news: Images of the burglar and an accomplice were caught on video as they burglarized the church. The church official, […]




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Synagogue Uses Craigslist To Recover Stolen Torah

| October 30, 2010 | 1 Comment



PHOENIX — An ad placed on Craigslist by a Phoenix synagogue was instrumental in the return of a Torah that was stolen earlier in the week, according to the synagogue's president. Farley Weiss, president of the Young Israel Synagogue of Phoenix, said an ad offering a $500 reward for the Torah was placed on Craigslist […]




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Vandals burn Bibles in shock church attack in Birkenshaw

| October 30, 2010 | 1 Comment



Church-goers have been left shocked after thugs burned Bibles and tore a crucifix from a wall in an orgy of vandalism. The desecration was discovered when an art group which was meeting in Birkenshaw Methodist Church Hall opened the premises for their session. As well as scorching Bibles, the vandals slashed hymn books in the […]




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Torah and other religious items stolen from Phoenix synagogue

| October 27, 2010 | 1 Comment



PHOENIX — A Torah and several other religious items were stolen from a Phoenix synagogue and police are asking for the public's help to find the thieves. Police said the theft took place at Young Israel Synagogue of Phoenix located near Seventh Street and Maryland Avenue. A Torah, which is a holy scripture in Judaism, […]




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Seguin seeks end to string of church burglaries

| October 27, 2010 | 0 Comments



SEGUIN — A thief has targeted three churches in Seguin, and now the congregation leaders are stepping up security. The suspect seems to seek cameras, laptop computers and cash. Pastors said most churches do not keep cash on hand, even from Sunday to Monday. In some cases, the burglar apparently gets away with nothing, but […]




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Suspect arrested in thefts from Highland Park United Methodist Church

| October 14, 2010 | 0 Comments



A Dallas man has been arrested in connection with the theft of thousands of dollars in electronics from Highland Park United Methodist Church. John Blair Wells, 29, faces felony theft charges several items turned up missing at the Mockingbird Lane church, including a sound board, two Blu-ray DVD players and a Mac computer. On Friday, […]




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