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Third Northside Church Reports Burglary

web posted August 19, 2014

NORTHSIDE   The McKendree United Methodist Church on the 500 block of Highway 378 East reported Sunday morning that upon arrival at the church it was discovered their church had also been targeted by burglars. The thieves stole sound equipment and left everything else in place, just as they did at the Pleasant Lane Baptist Church and the Pine Grove Pentecostal Church burglaries discovered on Wednesday, August 13. However, information from the most recent report helps to narrow the timeframe of when the rash of church burglaries may have taken place.

The only item stolen from the McKedree Church was a Yamaha Sound Mixing Board black in color and is an EMX 5000-20 powered mixer with an EMX 5000-12. There were no serial number available or a value on the mixer. The area around where the mixer was located was processed for evidence including fingerprints.

No forced entry was observed on the scene, however a "secret key" location may have been "compromised", an incident report states. accounting for no forced entry.

In the previous two burglaries no one had checked on the churches since the previous Sunday services until the burglaries were discovered the following Wednesday as members showed up for services. A member of the McKendree Church checked on the building on Tuesday, August 12 and found nothing out of place.

Apparently there were no services at the church on the following Wednesday evening and the theft was not discovered until Sunday morning services. That would seem to indicate that all three burglaries took place sometime between 9 pm on Tuesday, August 12, and 5:30 pm Wednesday, August 13.

The cases are being investigated as related burglaries,


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web posted August 14, 2014

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