Our Savior Church Reports Second Break-In
The following information was supplied by the Livingston County Sheriff's Department. It does not indicate a conviction.
The Our Savior Lutheran Church in Hartland reported a break-in between 7 p.m. Saturday and 6:20 a.m. Sunday according to a police report.
This is the second time this month the church has had a break-in, according to parish administrator Nicole Stangler.
“I’ve heard from other local churches, not in Hartland, but some other nearby churches have also experienced break-ins recently,” Stangler said. “It seems like the churches are being targeted.”
All Saints Lutheran in Hartland, also reported a burglary last week. Livingston County sheriff Bob Bezotte released a press release regarding the multiple church break-ins throughout Oakland and Livingston county and requested help seeking information.
According to the police report, the suspect(s) may have entered the building through an office window and are believed to be smokers, according to the press release, because of cigarette ashes discarded within the church.
The police said a church employee informed them that there is a security system that is monitored by an alarm company.
Office doors and filing cabinets showed signs of damage and forced entry and a lock box containing the cash and checks had been opened.
It is still unknown what items were taken, according to Stangler.
Stangler, who has been the parish administrator for five years, says the church has never had a problem with break-ins before and also says they have warned their parish about the problems.
“We’ve just let them know this is going on and to take extra caution and make sure we are doing all the things we are supposed to be doing like checking the door,” she said. “Any preventative action that we can take, we are.”
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is urged to contact Detective Curt Novara at the Sheriff’s department at 517-540-7952 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.