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Sheriff’s office seeks information in church burglery

EDWARD — The Beaufort County Sheriff’s office is seeking the public’s assistance to solve a breaking and entering and larceny that occurred at Edward Christian Church sometime between 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 8, and 7:30 a.m. on Monday, July 9.

According to information provided by Beaufort County Crime Stoppers, a safe was stolen from the church sometime during the course of the evening. The contents of the safe included documents related to church business and papers on the church’s history.

According to BCSO Lt. James Vanlandingham, investigating officers found no evidence of forced entry at the church, although he says the congregation usually tries to keep the building secure.

Vanlandingham also shared that the church has been targeted twice before in years past, with both of those break-ins resulting in arrests.

“We don’t have any clues this time as to who might have done it and where the stolen items might be,” Vanlandingham said.

In recent months, Beaufort County Emergency Management has offered seminars on the topics of safety and security in churches. Churches interested in developing a security plan can contact either Beaufort County Emergency Management at 252-946-2046 or the BCSO at 252-946-7111.

Individuals with information on the break-in at Edwards Christian Church are encouraged to call Beaufort County Crimestoppers at 252-974-6400. Anonymous tips can also be submitted online at www.beaufortcountysheriff.org/resources/crimestoppers. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 in rewards for information leading to an arrest.