Scottsbluff churches victims of burglary, theft

For the second time in three weeks, the First United Methodist Church at 20th Street and 4th Avenue in Scottsbluff has been the victim of a burglary or theft.

Pastor Matt Fowler says the church janitor discovered Monday morning entry was gained overnight through an alley window and "a few dollars, a small camera and an IPAD" were taken from the church. Fowler said four office doors were also kicked in.

On February 11th, Scottsbluff Police say Fowler reported someone had entered the church February 9th while the building was unlocked and took four cameras, a Sony television, and a Wii game console.

Scottsbluff Police also indicate Salem Congregational Church at 20th and 7th Avenue had someone take items this past Saturday night. Captain Brian Wasson says a small amount of cash and a 42" television was taken. Wasson says the entry apparently occurred while the building was unlocked.

Police have no suspects, but they suspect the same person or persons are involved because of the similarity of offense and the fact the churches are within three blocks of each other.

Police urge anyone with information about the burglaries to contact them at 630-6261. You can also call Crimestoppers and provide an anonymous tip at 632-STOP(7867).

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