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Published on April 10, 2024
Wright County Churches Plagued by Series of Auto Burglaries During Sunday ServicesSource: Facebook / Wright County Sheriff's Office

Sunday prayers were disrupted when thieves targeted churchgoers' vehicles in Wright County, breaking into cars and making off with personal items while the victims attended services. According to the Wright County Sheriff’s Office, a string of auto burglaries were reported on April 7 at several church parking lots, including the Quarry Church and churches in Buffalo Township.

The first call came in the afternoon when deputies were dispatched to the scene at Quarry Church where an assailant shattered a car window but reportedly left without taking anything. A surveillance video captured an individual, associated with a silver Nissan Murano, committing the act. At least 13 people have fallen victim in this series of incidents, igniting concerns among local worshippers and prompting an investigation with several case numbers cited by the sheriff's office such as 24009149, and 24009152 amongst others.

Reports detail that another unsuspecting churchgoer found their vehicle broken into, and personal items stolen while parked at the Quarry Church. Similar crimes occurred at Connection Point Church and Buffalo Evangelical Free Church, where several cars were burglarized. The thief, or thieves, seem to have taken advantage of the congregants' absence during church hours, turning a place of sanctuary into a scene of crime.

Local authorities are actively investigating, but no suspects have been apprehended at this time. Both the identity and the motive of the thief or thieves, remain a mystery, casting a shadow of unease over the affected communities. The Wright County Sheriff's Office is urging residents to stay vigilant and report any suspicious activity. Church leaders have also been advised to increase their security measures in the wake of these thefts. For those with any information, the sheriff's office has requested they come forward to assist with the ongoing investigations.