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Comanche police looking for church burglars

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COMANCHE Okla_ A recent rash of break- ins at churches in the town of Comanche has the community and police on alert.

The most recent burglaries happened a little over a week ago, when two churches were hit in one night. Police said the thief broke into the First Baptist Church on Oak Main and the Patterson Avenue Baptist Church, which are just a few blocks away from of one another.

They said the thief ransacked them and stole some expensive electronic equipment and money.

They are not sure whether these burglaries are being committed by one person or a group, but they do say they have some very good evidence that could point them in the right direction.

"We are still very blessed and," Pastor Trent Young said. "You wonder why people would break into a church. We're kind of misled if we think that church people will be protected from bad things. It's not realistic. So, we know a God that walks with us through the bad things."

Pastor Young said that's the way he chooses to think about the break-in now, but when he walked into the church that Sunday and found his office ransacked, he was in disbelief and in fear.

"I began to see things trashed and all over the place," Young said. "My office caught the brunt of it."

Comanche Police Chief Mike Jones said he believes his department has some very good leads on a possible suspect.

"We've got evidence that we've found at the scene," Jones said. "We have sent it to OSBI in Lawton to see if we're going to have any luck getting fingerprints."

He said in the past three months, burglaries of businesses in Comanche have been rare, not to mention churches.

"It's pretty desperate to steal from a church," Jones said. "If the people needed something, the church would have been more than happy to help them out if they could."

"We would've done everything to help you," Young said. "It makes me think its not necessarily a need that they have, a physical need that they can't afford to buy food. It's more just a destructive behavior and sadly they're hurting themselves."

Pastor Young said fortunately, no one was in the building during the break-in. He said the break-ins have changed the way he and others secure the church after hours.



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