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Crooks steal money, equipment from Mississippi churches

Thieves have burglarized four Mississippi churches in two weeks and they've taken thousands of dollars meant for the houses of worship. Thieves have burglarized four Mississippi churches in two weeks and they've taken thousands of dollars meant for the houses of worship.

(WMC-TV) – Thieves have burglarized four Mississippi churches in two weeks and they've taken thousands of dollars meant for the houses of worship.

Normally, church members give their money when the offering plate comes around. But in Marshall County, thieves are breaking in and taking it for themselves along with thousands of dollars worth of computers and sound equipment.

Four churches have been hit in two weeks, and one pastor said the thieves ought to know who they're stealing from.

"It's not mine. It's God's," said Pastor Wesley Newby, of Lighthouse Apostolic Church. "These are working people that have put their money into this."

But now, the money is gone. Marshall County investigators believe more than one person dragged the church's several hundred pound safe right out of the sanctuary.

"It's bad when you break into somebody's home or somebody's business, but when you start going into churches, it's really tough," said Kelly McMillen, of the Marshall County Sheriff's Department.

Yarborough Chapel lost thousands of dollars in sound equipment and computers.

"You can't take too many hits like they've been taking within these communities and have a church continue to function," said McMillen.

The thieves leave busted doors and broken doorframes behind, along with shock and heartache.

"Thou shall not steal," listed on a plaque of the Ten Commandments which is displayed in front of the room where the money was taken.

"I would tell them that the Lord would forgive, that he loves them," said Newby. "We love them. We're reaching to people like this. This is what we're reaching out to. We're reaching out to people that need a change in their life."

Without any leads, authorities are urging area churches and residents to be on high alert.

"If you're in the area of a church and you see suspicious activity, anything looks out of the ordinary, we'd ask that you give us a call immediately," said McMillen.

Newby's church may be down some money, but this Sunday will be like any other.

"We're going to be open and we're going to have church," he said.

If you have information that could help authorities, you're urged to call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-729-2169.

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