JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Two Jonesboro churches reported burglaries over the weekend. Each burglary resulted in a damage to the building and theft of property.
According to the Jonesboro Police Department, one burglary happened in north Jonesboro on Warren Street. Another burglary happened in south Jonesboro on South Caraway Road.
At South Caraway Baptist Church, Pastor Don Martin was alerted to something amiss early Saturday morning.
"The alarm company said that the power had been cut," Martin said.
Martin explained that since the call came in at 2 a.m., he missed it. Though he got the information that morning when he woke up, he was out of town and couldn't check on the building.
Other members of the church quickly discovered what happened.
"Some of the guys text me and said they didn't know why the power was cut...but then they found the broken door," Martin said.
Martin said inside the church, not much was stolen.
"They got $90 in cash that came from a harvest fest that our children had done," Martin said.
A laptop and video machine were also reported stolen.
According to Martin though, this isn't the first time they've been theft victims.
Martin said in his 17 years with the church, they've been broken into three times.
"Last time they ransacked it," Martin said. "This time, they didn't get much."
Regardless of how much was stolen, Martin said news of the break-in brought a verse from Proverbs to mind.
"Don't let me be so poor that I have to steal and don't let me be so rich that I would actually forget You," Martin said. "My thought is that these guys are probably not so poor that they have to steal...they're probably doing it for drugs or something else."
Instead of judging or condemning though, Martin says the church is there to help.
"The fact is that if they'd come and talk to us we could probably help them out a little," Martin said. "Whether it be drug treatment, finding them jobs, but we'd love to help in any way we can."
At the burglary at the Faith Soul Outreach Church, computers, cash and musical equipment was stolen.
In total, Faith Soul Outreach reported approximately $4,000 in property stolen or damaged.
While police haven't connected any of the church break-ins, a reported commercial burglary on South Caraway Road Saturday morning showed similar signs of break-in to the church on South Caraway Baptist Church.
If you have information that could lead police to suspects in either of these burglaries, call Crimestoppers anonymously at 935-STOP.
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