Springfield Police

Springfield church says someone broke in, stole a ladder

Leaders at a Springfield church say they believe someone broke into their place of worship and stole from them.

Springfield police were called to Bethel Apostolic Church on West Columbia Street Sunday at around 12:15 p.m. There, they spoke with an assistant pastor who told them that someone broke into the church.

“(The assistant pastor) advised that an unknown suspect had entered into the church through an unsecured window on the main floor,” a Springfield police report says.

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An aluminum adjustable ladder was missing from the church, the report says. The value of the ladder is about $250.

“(The assistant pastor) advised that several other items had been moved about in the church, but only the ladder had been stolen,” the report says. “(The assistant pastor) believes that the break-in took place between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. on (Sunday). (The assistant pastor) advised that the main pastor arrived at 11 a.m. to prepare for church service. (The main pastor) had advised that he noticed the light on in the basement and when he went down there he found a stack of items by the rear entry door. (The assistant pastor) advised that he believes the intruder was startled by (the main pastor’s) arrival and departed the church via the rear door.”

Springfield police investigated with the assistant pastor and were shown a window about eight feet high that was missing a screen, the report says. The assistant pastor told police he believed the suspect had used a garbage can to climb up to the window and removed the screen.

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The report says the screen was also missing.

Anyone with information about the break-in can call the Springfield Police Division at 937-324-7680.

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