Local News

Grinch Strikes in the Form of Church Break-Ins

Posted December 15, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— Three Durham congregations were dismayed to learn that their churches had been broken in to, and two robbed, over the weekend.

Westwood Baptist Church, off Club Boulevard, was entered through the fellowship hall, apparently with the aid of a crowbar. One or more thieves made off with a computer, vcr, and payroll checks after ransacking the building.

The minister, John Yavek, is grateful that no one was in the church while the thieves were there.

A small amount of blood was found in the office from which the computer was taken.

Police are investigating the Westwood break-in, as well as a robbery reported six minutes later from Immanuel Baptist Church at 3573 Hillsborough Road, and a break-in reported from Grey Stone Baptist Church at 2601 Hillsborough Road. Immanuel Baptist lost a video camera. Nothing was stolen from Gray Stone, but a slab of concrete was thrown through a glass door to gain entry.

Investigators will be considering if all the break-ins are related, which would be suggested by the location of the churches involved.