A recent string of church burglaries in Oak Cliff has police increasing patrols in the area.
Pastor David Early, of New Calvary Hill Church, says thieves pried open the side door and broke in – stealing electronic equipment.
“It really stung they had a special ceremony planned for the 13th anniversary of the church,” Early said.
He says several others near him have been broken into, including the Calvary Philadelphia Missionary Baptist Church. The church was burglarized during the back-to-school season. Thieves stole backpacks that were put together backpacks for kids.
The burglaries started in early August, and included the Christian Chapel Missionary Baptist Church on Bonnie View Road. Thieves who broke into the church stole about $2,000, including money from a Sunday service offering.
“I believe most of these people are people we have helped in the neighborhood,” Early said. “We have fed them when they were hungry, and clothed them, and sheltered some of the people when they were outdoors. This is the thank you we get.”
Early says the church will move forward with the special anniversary service, despite what happened.
Police are working with churches in the area on security whether the congregations have been burglarized or not.