Crime

4 Lincoln County churches ransacked

Thieves absconded with everything from a bass guitar to cash in a pastor’s study during four church break-ins south of Lincolnton since the weekend.

On Saturday, someone who arrived to clean Community Full Gospel Church on Gastonia Highway for Sunday services found the church ransacked. Televisions, an amplifier, speakers and a bass guitar were stolen. The items were valued at $1,650, Lincoln County sheriff’s investigators said. Entry was believed to have been made through an unsecured window, investigators said.

On Monday, deputies were dispatched to Howards Creek Baptist Church on N.C. 27 West after a church member found a window screen on the ground near a side window of the church. Entry is believed to have been made through a side door that had been pried open, investigators said.

The pastor’s study was ransacked and a pink bucket and a blue bucket with money for the building fund had been stolen.

On Wednesday, deputies responded to a break-in at Trinity Second Chance Church on Laboratory Road. Church members arriving for a bible study found the main door in front of the church had been broken and was open. A bass guitar and case.

An Xbox and TV were stolen from Long Shoals Wesleyan Church south of Lincolnton this week. Investigators found no signs of forced entry. The theft was reported at 10:15 a.m. Thursday, and the church was last known secure on Sunday.

Anyone with information about the break-ins is encouraged to call the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050 or Lincolnton/Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak

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