ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Leaders from two Albany churches suspect thieves attended their worship services before stealing from them.
Sunday night someone kicked out several windows and doors at the Friendship Missionary Baptist Church on Pine Avenue. The thief did several hundreds of dollars in damage but only stole $45 and several cans of food.
Church officials suspect it's someone they served. "I would say it's somebody that comes and fellowships with you. And then after the church is closed they come back," said Ronald Carter.
Church leaders upgraded security to guard against more break-ins. They replaced the broken windows and doors with plexi-glass and are updating the alarm system and lighting.
At Berea Full Gospel church on Fifth Avenue in Albany, a thief stole the children's penny fund jar. Someone threw a concrete block through the back door and went inside.
Children put coins into the baskets on Sundays to help people in need. The jar likely contained a couple of hundred dollars. Church officials suspect someone attending a service saw the coin jar, and returned to steal it.
"I feel sorry for the person that did it. Because if they don't repent, they are still going to face God. And mercy me, I wouldn't want to be in his shoes. So we just pray for them," said Church SecretaryPam Sizemore.
Both churches say people don't need to steal from them. If someone needs help, they will gladly give it. Police say they don't think the two church burglaries are related.