Thieves target 2 more cars in church parking lots

Thieves target 2 more cars in church parking lots (Reporter: Amanda Brannon)

GREENVILLE - Greenville Police said two church parking lots were targeted Tuesday for car break-ins.

Since October, more than a dozen cars have been broken into. In almost all of the incidents, people were in church services when the break-ins happened.

The latest incidents happened at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on Martinsborough Road and University Church of Christ on Crestline Boulevard.

"Anything that is in view is an opportunity for theft," Sgt. Joe Friday said.

Bishop Richard Finlayson of the LDS Church can't believe it's the second time his church has been broken into in two weeks.

"Oh, it's terrible. I hate that anyone gets their car broken into but for people that are coming to church it's probably a slap in their face," he said.

"I think [churches are] an easy target," Sgt. Friday said.

Friday said thieves may target church parking lots over busy shopping centers for a reason.

"I think there's so much pedestrian traffic in a mall parking lot that that may make it a little less of a target," Sgt. Friday said.

Authorities said even if you're going inside a store for ten minutes you shouldn't leave your belongings like a cell phone or a purse in your car. Officials said it's best to bring it inside and lug that extra load than take the risk of getting it stolen.

"A thief doesn't know what's valuable. He sees a bag. It could be a book bag with nothing in it or worth while but a thief is not going to know what's in it until he breaks in and steals it," Sgt. Friday said.

Anyone with information on these crimes is asked to contact the Greenville Police Department.

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