Thieves strike 3 Wilson County churches

Thieves strike 3 Wilson County churches (Image 1)

Lebanon police are continuing to search for the thieves responsible for stealing thousands of dollars of items from several churches in Wilson County.

According to authorities, the suspects struck The Sanctuary, Grace Bible Church and First Baptist Church of Lebanon during the overnight hours Thursday.

Nashville's News 2 spoke with Chief Scott Bowen who said finding the criminals is a top priority.

“All three of the cases are assigned to a detective,” he said, adding, “We were able to recover some evidence at the scene, which we hope will help us too. So right now these three cases are a priority for us.”

Of the churches burglarized, Bowen said the First Baptist Church of Lebanon was hit the hardest.

“We've had a couple of minor incidents, but nothing like this,” said Pastor David Freeman.

Freeman told Nashville's News 2 maintenance crews discovered the nearly 200-year-old church's smashed doors and windows early Friday morning.

According to authorities, the thieves stole thousands of dollars worth of electronics and music equipment.

Despite the break-in and loss of items, Freeman said his congregation still held service on Sunday.

“We talked about it and we prayed for those who did it,” he said, continuing, “We feel like that's what Jesus commands us to do so we did together.”

While the crime has been a headache for the pastor, he said it will not steer the church from its mission.

“Seems a little tragic that people are robbing from God, really when He's willing to give them whatever they need,” Freeman said.

Anyone with information is urged to contact police at 615-444-2323.

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