The Barbour County Sheriff’s Department has responded to four church burglaries during the past 10 days and is asking the public for assistance in solving the rash of crimes before more churches fall victim.

As of Monday, four churches located in the southeast section of Barbour County, most along Highway 131 near Baker Hill, have been broken into and items such as electric guitars, speakers, cash, and food have been taken.

The burglaries are occurring between 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.

“They’ve hit us pretty hard lately and we expect them to continue until we catch them. One church, who asked not to be identified, has actually hired an armed security guard to stay in the church building at night and others have installed surveillance cameras in an effort to catch the burglars”, said Chief Deputy Eddie Ingram.

Barbour County authorities were contacted by the Henry County Sheriff’s Department early today and advised that Henry County has also seen a recent rise in church burglaries in their county. The thieves are entering by knocking out windows and/or kicking in the doors.

One recording studio located in the same area was broken into last Thursday night and approximately $13,000.00 worth of electronic recording and musical equipment was stolen.

“We’re going to get with Henry County and compare similarities and hopefully put an end to this spree very soon. I ask that the public be conscious of any person or persons trying to sell or pawn any electronic equipment, especially electric guitars, and contact us if they see them”, said Sheriff Leroy Upshaw.

Sheriff Upshaw has also assigned additional Deputies in marked and unmarked cars to the night shift in an effort to catch the thieves.

Anyone with information on the crimes is asked to contact the Barbour County Sheriff’s Department @ 334-775-3434 or contact Chief Deputy Eddie Ingram direct @ 334-232-1812. You can remain anonymous if you desire.

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