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Burglars steal from the House of God

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Authorities in Thomas County are advising churches to step up their security after multiple church burglaries there. The most recent burglary happened early Tuesday morning at Victory Baptist Church.

Two suspects were detained and one later charged with the burglary. Authorities say an alarm system helped catch the crook.

Just before 4 am Tuesday, an alarm sounded at Victory Baptist Church in thomasville. Dispatchers alerted officers in the area. They found an open door and two suspects trying to run away.

"Both suspects fled," said Lt. Steve Jones.  "And the one that they were able to keep in sight, they were able to catch him in the woods down behind the church."

Deputies arrested 19 year old Daniel McGee and charged him with burglary.  Lt. Jones said, "A second suspect was apprehended but later released and at this time he has not been charged."

But that could change very soon. "Could be pending against him or another person. The investigation is still on going."

The recent string of church burglaries has county and city investigators working together to find out who's responsible. "I think they (city) had two churches that were burglarized on the same night. And we're still trying to see if this could be coincidental or if these suspects could be responsible for those as well," said Jones.

Authorities say churches can be easy targets. "They went there was because it was unoccupied, knowing it would be empty at night where a home would not be."

Many churches are keeping their properties safe by installing motion sensor lights, security cameras, and even alarm systems. And an alarm system is exactly what kept Victory Baptist from being wiped out.

Jones said, "They do have an alarm system and in the is case it worked well. Fortunately we had officers in the area and we were able to respond quickly and catch the burglars."

Proving it doesn't always take divine intervention to thwart the bad guys.

Authorities say in a small town like Thomasville, many people don't bother locking their homes or church doors. But they say even something as simple as installing pad locks could prevent a burglary

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