Thieves target Williamson County churches

Thieves target Williamson County churches (Image 1)

Fairview police are continuing to search for thieves who recently struck multiple area churches last week.

Police said all of the burglaries occurred overnight on Sunday, March 18 into the morning hours of Monday, March 19.

Among the churches targeted was Fairview Church of Christ.

Pastor Gipson Baucum told Nashville's News 2 the suspects broke into his church late last Sunday night.

“Nobody is here Sunday nights.  Services have ended and everyone has gone home.  The building is vacant,” he explained.

According to Pastor Baucum the burglars got away with several electronic devices including a laptop computer, hard drive and video camera.

Police told Nashville's News 2 they believe the group of burglars first attempted to get in the church though the front door where glass was cracked and a side entrance where it appears as if a tool was used to chisel around the lock.

In addition to burglarizing Fairview Church of Christ, the thieves also smashed in the door of a nearby church where the local Boys and Girls Club meets.

Authorities said the thieves only took electronic devices from the after school program.

Police added that the doors of First Baptist Church of Fairview were also damaged but officials with the church said no items were taken.

“Church [burglaries] are not common at all.  We have business and home burglaries, but it's rare to have a church broke into,” Fairview Police Chief Terry Harris said.

Police are continuing to investigate the burglaries and said the suspects will face a number of charges including breaking and entering among others.

Anyone with information on the crimes are urged to contact Williamson County Crime Stoppers at 615-794-4000.

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