Investigators seeking leads in string of Rockingham County church break-ins, thefts

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ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.C. — Rockingham County Sheriff’s Investigators are seeking leads in a series of church break-ins and thefts.

On Jan. 28, Oak Level Baptist Church located at 1569 Oak Level Church Road and Palestine United Methodist Church located at 2954 Ellisboro Road, both in Stokesdale, were broken into.

The suspect or suspects entered Oak Level Baptist through a window and took an undisclosed amount of money. According to a release, a large quantity of meat, spoons and a few kitchen electronics were taken from Palestine United Methodist.

On Jan. 31, an undisclosed amount of money and a space heater were taken from Antioch Baptist Church located at 1757 Sandy Cross Road in Reidsville.

Break-ins were reported at two more churches on Feb. 2.

Deputies said the suspects broke into Gideon Grove United Methodist Church, located at 2865 Gideon Grove Church Road in Stokesdale, through a window and took an undisclosed amount of money. Mt. Zion Methodist Church was broken into overnight as well.

Both Gideon and Zion were victims of arson in 2012.

Lastly, Fairgrove United Methodist Church, located at 1735 Cunningham Mill Road in Reidsville was broken into on Feb. 3.

Anyone with information about these church break-ins and thefts is asked to call the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office at (336) 634-3232 or Rockingham County Crime Stoppers at (336) 349-9683.

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