Recently, three churches in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, all reported damage or theft of church property that took place in the same 24-hour period, making for a rough Monday morning for many church officials and congregations across the area. Despite all of these incidents occurring within such a short period of time, and all targeting churches, Bethlehem police officials do not believe that the crimes are related at this point.
Here is an overview of the crimes reported by area churches:
- On the morning of Monday, August 11, The Central Assembly of God reported multiple broken windows at the church, as well as damage to vehicles in the church lot.
- The Wesley United Methodist Church reported that church offices had been robbed of cash at some point late Sunday night or early Monday morning.
- Ss. Simon and Jude Catholic Church reported graffiti in blue spray paint on outdoor walkways, which was found on Monday morning.
The extent of the losses for these three churches is not yet clear, and the cost of repairs, restoration, and cleanup remains uncertain. Law enforcement officers will continue to investigate the reported vandalism and burglary incidents, and they ask anyone with information to contact the police.
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