Minneapolis police are urging religious institutions in the city to be vigilant about security after two churches were burgled sometime between Friday night and Saturday morning.
Investigators say burglars kicked in the doors of St. James Episcopal Church, located at 3225 Minnehaha Parkway East, sometime between 8 p.m. Friday and 7a.m. Saturday. Once inside, the thieves forced open several interior doors and took computer equipment and electronics.
Police say a burglar also forced entry at Living Spirit United Methodist Church, located at 4501 Bloomington Avenue. Detectives say that person also kicked in the door to the church office and disturbed several areas of the building between 10 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday.
Forensics personnel examined the scene at the Methodist church after a set of 10 specialized musical instruments called "Singing Bowls" were taken.
The investigation into the break-in burglaries remains ongoing; however, police are urging places of worship to be vigilant about security -- especially as many churches are holding extra rehearsals and religious activities due to the Lenten season.
Although police say they understand that such organizations do want to remain accessible to people, they caution that purses, laptops and musical instruments are very vulnerable to ill-intentioned strangers mingling in the flow.
The Minneapolis Police Department also offered a list of security tips for religious institutions which includes equipment suggestions as well as recommendations for handling money and controlling access.
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