Reward offered in string of church burglaries

A suspect or suspects in the break-ins have not been identified.

State police at Hollidaysburg said the incidents occurred during the overnight hours this week and primarily targeted churches, forcing entry by opening doors or breaking windows. The following churches were involved:

– Sinking Valley Presbyterian Church in Tyrone.

– Williamsburg Independent Baptist Church in Williamsburg.

– St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Martinsburg.

– Hope United Methodist Church in Alexandria.

– Grace Point Community Church in Williamsburg.

– Spruce Creek Methodist Church in Spruce Creek.

– Faith Assembly of God in Roaring Spring.

State police reported the suspect damaged $2,000 worth of Sinking Valley Presbyterian Church’s property. The investigation is ongoing. State police also reported a suspect pried the front door of Williamsburg Independent Baptist Church and stole Christmas cards and a lock box containing close to $100.

“People ask ‘Why would they steal Christmas cards?” said Pastor Joseph Weber of Williamsburg Independent. “Obviously they thought there was

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