Thieves Target Churches in Arkansas

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(Procter, AR) - Early Sunday morning thieves found a sanctuary in Proctor a place for opportunity.

“When I went to unlock the door all the locks were off and destroyed,”

Pastor Lillian Hodges of Blessing Thru Faith Church said thieves were brazen. They broke out windows, stole heaters, keyboards and  everything else they could get their hands on.

“We keep a lot of flatware and plates and they took that,” she said.”They took the sugar and coffee, they took the whole thing. Toilet tissue too.”

She said they even made themselves at home.

“They took the juice drank out of it,” she said.”They took all the cookies and chips.”

But they didn't get everything.

Several expensive speakers were bolted down, but she said they tried to get them with a pickax.

The thefts are a set-back for the old church that was built in 1918. They're in the process of building a new one right next door which was also vandalized.

“All the money that we have we soak it into this building,” she said.

Hodges churches weren't the only ones targeted over the weekend. Just down the street on Waverly Road two other churches were ransacked, including Mount Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church.

Wednesday the church added new dead bolts to its doors after thieves swiped what little they had inside.

“We don`t have too much in there for them to be getting. The little stuff we have we need to be keeping,” church member Eldrich Brown said.

Pastor Hodges says she hopes the thieves are caught, but she has forgiven.

“Maybe they belong to the devil but god created them in his image,” she said.

The Crittenden County Sheriff’s Department is offering a reward for the suspects capture through Crimestoppers.