Thefts strike churches, peace of mind

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A pair of church burglaries has the leaders of one of the churches questioning the safety of their church tools.

According to the Jonesboro Police Department, police were called to Fellowship Bible Church and Highland Drive Baptist Church early last week for a possible burglary and theft. The incident report shows that several items where taken from both locations.

The Highland Drive Baptist Church ministry team says the burglary has affected the way they do things. "It was my laptop and that changes my contact with the students and with my church members," says Jace Tubbs, Student Minister at Highland Drive Baptist Church.

No arrests have been made in either case but Tubbs says the church has still forgiven them, "You forgive, even though we don't know who it was, you forgive," says Tubbs, "You trust that in the end that God's perfect purpose is going to shine through."

Tubbs added that in a church twenty years ago, this might not ever be a problem, but now churches have become more dependant on technology. "It's more of a newer thing that technology has become part of a church," Tubbs said.

Among the items taken from Highland Drive Baptist Church listed on the police report were, two laptops and a GPS system. The report also shows that Fellowship Bible Church was missing an apple computer, a home safe, an iPad, as well as an unknown amount of cash.

Tubbs says that the Highland Drive Baptist Church is working on making the church more secure and that he will be more careful about what he leaves in his office.

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