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Lawmakers Look At Harsher Penalties For Church Break-Ins

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Lawmakers want tougher penalties for people who break into houses of worship.

Now, they have two more examples to prove their case after two recent burglaries in Sampson County.

Officials said Salem Methodist Church, near Harrells, and Maskil Fellowship Church in Dunn are the latest churches that have been robbed.

They said burglars took a refrigerator and some electronics.

In 2004, 66 churches in Sampson County reported break-ins. Police have made a couple of arrests in those cases.

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