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Burglar Targets Chester Co. Church

By Emily Cassulo
By ecassulo@wbbjtv.com

HENDERSON, Tenn. - Police are looking for a suspected burglar who targeted a Henderson church.

Henderson Police said the burglar seemed to do a lot of damage, costing more than what they actually got away with.

"Inside the building they pried open some doors and damaged several interior doors, getting into a room where they ransacked some filing cabinets and desks and that type thing," said Investigator Gary Davidson of the Henderson Police Department.

In all, the suspect caused about $2,000 worth of damage. Police said the person first broke into Wee Care Preschool, then Christ Community Church, which owns the school.

"A lot of churches don't have a huge congregation, and so any money they do have goes toward keeping the building up or mission work, and so when you steal from them, they then have to take it out of their own pocket to replace anything that's gone," said Marie Bull, a Henderson college student.

Officers said the burglar went as far as dragging a heavy safe outside, but the suspect did not realize it was empty and unlocked.

They also dumped another safe into a playground behind the preschool.

And what the burglar did get away with, was not actually inside the safes found outside.

Police said they took about $400 worth of checks, and an undermined amount of cash.

Investigators believe this case is related to the recent burglaries downtown.

"The way they entered the businesses were very similar, and also things that were targeted in the burglaries," Davidson said.

If you have information on the burglary, contact the Henderson Police Department at (731) 989-5404.
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