7 churches burglarized in 7 days in Springfield

November 22, 2010 –

SPRINGFIELD — Springfield police says burglars have struck seven churches in seven days.

KVAL-TV reported police learned Saturday of the seventh such break-in. It happened at First Baptist Church and was the second time in a week that thieves hit that particular church.

Springfield Police spokesman Russ Boring said thieves are targeting churches in the early-morning hours. He said they force their way in, and take money and small electronics equipment.

“It’s surprising because usually the churches are the places that help the homeless and people that need help,” said Boring. “Usually if someone needs something, the church works very hard to get them the basics.”

First Church of the Nazarene and Twin Rivers Baptist Church have also been hit.