Two churches burglarized

July 26, 2004

Two Danville churches - Centenary United Methodist at Third and West Walnut streets and Faith Temple Pentecostal on Otter Street - were burglarized late last week.

At least $400 was taken from Centenary United Methodist Church between 8 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m. Friday, the pastor said today.

The burglar or burglars entered the church by breaking the glass in a basement door and then entered the church's office by breaking the window to the door leading to that room, the Rev. Don Benningfield said. The money taken consisted mainly of money collected from a soft drink machine.

The burglars also appeared to have gone through desk drawers and file cabinets in the office and a pantry in the basement, Benningfield said. "There was some ransacking. They even moved photos on the office wall," he said.


Although the soft drink machine money was the only thing taken in the break-in, it appeared the burglars attempted to take items from the pantry, Benningfield said. "There was a case (of pantry items) left outside the church," he said.

The pastor based his estimate of when the burglary occurred on the fact that a meeting held at the church Thursday night ended at 8 p.m. and a church office staff member arrived at the church for work at 8 a.m. Friday.

Danville officer Greg Hilliard is investigating.

In the other church burglary reported to Danville police, a camcorder and microphones were taken from Faith Temple Pentecostal about 11:30 p.m. Thursday. The church was entered by force.

Officer Jeff Stith is investigating.

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