(WINFIELD, Kan.) — “Very disappointed that someone would disrespect God's house and these people. These are marvelous people,” said Pastor Tom Boese of the First Church of the Nazarene after burglars targeted several churches in Winfield over the weekend. Now, police are asking for your help.
Winfield officers are warning churches to lock-up and be on the look-out. This crime watch alert was prompted by a string of burglaries in houses of worship beginning Saturday morning and continuing over the next 24 hours.
The first of the three churches to be hit was the First Church of the Nazarene where burglars made their way in through an unused and barricaded backdoor. They used a concrete block to gain entry sometime Friday night or early Saturday morning and then began to tear through the building.
“But then I turned and looked and saw a big hole in my office door, an interior door, and I knew right away that somebody had broken in,” said Boese of discovering the break-in. “The safe was missing from its location. And I did not see it. And I just assumed some very strong team of men had hauled it off.”