Church, Store In Same Neighborhood Targeted By Burglars


Two break-ins were reported just blocks apart from each other Thursday morning.

Security bars were pried off from a window at Sound Doctrine Ministries, located in the 280 block of Berkeley Road in east Columbus, at about 7 a.m.

Someone broke through the window but did not get away with anything.

A few blocks away, a Family Dollar store was broken into.

Police said that bricks and cinder blocks were used to break into the building. It also was unknown if burglars got away with anything.

Police were trying to determine if the crimes were captured on surveillance video and if they were related.

Charles Small, pastor of the Sound Doctrine Ministries, said that the shattered glass at the church will mean hundreds of dollars in repairs.

"Maybe a couple, $200 or $300 they could have gotten away with," Small said. "I think people need to know that whatever you're doing, if it is wrong, there is another way. There is a better way to get what you're trying to get. Sometimes, you just need to ask the right people."

Small said that he was happy neighbors were looking out for his church and called 911 when they witnessed suspicious activity.

"They're kind of like the eyes when we're not here, so that was a good thing," Small said. "They watched out for us, and when they heard noise, they immediately contacted police."

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