Northeast Times

Several religious facilities are burglarized

It seems noth­ing is sac­red to some crooks. 

Since Janu­ary in the Lower North­east’s 2nd Po­lice Dis­trict, a church, a church school and three oth­er re­li­gious fa­cil­it­ies have been burg­lar­ized, said Capt. Frank Palumbo.

Palumbo, the 2nd Dis­trict’s com­mand­er, said last week that the break-ins have net­ted burg­lars elec­tron­ic equip­ment, lawn-care gear and cash.

The burg­lar­ies didn’t oc­cur at the same time of day or day of the week, said Di­anne Murphy, the 2nd’s com­munity re­la­tions of­ficer.

The first oc­curred on the 1200 block of Cottman Ave. on Jan. 31, Murphy said. A back door of a re­li­gious char­ity or­gan­iz­a­tion was forced. Burg­lars ran­sacked an of­fice and stole a com­puter sys­tem. On Feb. 14, a church school on the 1200 block of E. Chel­ten­ham Ave. was broken in­to, but noth­ing was stolen. On April 19, a Chinese Chris­ti­an or­gan­iz­a­tion’s headquar­ters on the 1000 block of Cottman Ave. was entered through a base­ment door. A com­puter print­er and $100 were stolen along with checks worth $900, Murphy said. 

The same build­ing was hit on May 10. The of­fice was ran­sacked, Murphy said, and $200 was stolen. On April 23, a church’s locked shed on the 1100 block of Har­tel Ave. was broken in­to. Burg­lars re­moved a weed trim­mer, two leaf blowers and a lawn mower.

Palumbo said churches should fol­low the or­din­ary pre­cau­tions of lock­ing doors and win­dows and do whatever they can to beef up se­cur­ity.

Murphy said the in­sti­tu­tions should look in­to get­ting alarms or mo­tion-ac­tiv­ated lights. ••

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