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Leads sought on suspects in Harrison Co. church burglaries

Photo of the two suspects taken from surveillance video. (Source: Harrison County Sheriff's Office) Photo of the two suspects taken from surveillance video. (Source: Harrison County Sheriff's Office)
Suspect 1  (Source: Harrison County Sheriff's Office) Suspect 1 (Source: Harrison County Sheriff's Office)
Suspect 2 was seen carrying a crowbar. (Source: Harrison County Sheriff's Office) Suspect 2 was seen carrying a crowbar. (Source: Harrison County Sheriff's Office)

HARRISON COUNTY, IN (WAVE) - The Harrison County Sheriff's Office needs help from the public to track down two people believed to be tied to five church break-ins. 

All of the burglaries happened in the early morning hours of Sunday, July 16. 

It wasn’t the Sunday morning five local ministers were expecting when they found out their churches were broken into. 

"I don’t think they have any kind of grudge against the church or Christianity, maybe just decided it was an easy mark, nobody is going to be there," Old Capitol United Methodist Church Pastor Andy Hansen said. 

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Old Capitol United Methodist, Heidelberg United Methodist, Pleasant Ridge Methodist, Perseverance Chapel and Blue River Church were targeted. In some cases, cash and electronics were taken. A car was also broken into at Blue River Church. 

At Old Capitol, two men were seen on camera carrying a crowbar and attempting to kick in doors. Surveillance video also showed two men inside Heidelberg United Methodist Church.

"If they would have showed up six hours later, they would have had a much bigger reward being a part of this family and being part of the message of Jesus Christ," Hansen said. 

Not only did they leave a mess, but they also left a couple of pretty clear pictures behind.

"I’m sure that somebody is looking at these pictures right now and knows exactly who it is," Harrison County Sheriff Rod Seelye said. 

At Heidelberg, Pastor Rob Pryor said the suspects broke into three buildings on their property.

"What they are doing right now is not ok and the message that I want to put out there is, it wasn’t the churches that got hurt, it was the ministries that we are all involved in like the Macy House," Pryor said.

Money stolen would have gone to the Macy House, an organization that helps the homeless and provides a facility to those in need.

"We need to pray for these two young men and hopefully they get on the right track," Pryor said. 

Detectives believe all of the burglaries were committed by the same people. 

The sheriff's office is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

If you have any information, call 812-738-3911 or the anonymous tip line at 812-738-TIPP. 

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