Fresno churches no longer a sanctuary from crime as thieves steal music equipment


Fresno police are seeing a rash of burglaries as criminals are targeting Churches around the city.

On Wednesday, Police were asking for the public’s help in finding the suspects who have hit six churches in March. 

“These suspects are breaking inside the churches using force, either pry bar or crow bar to break into these doors of the churches,” Fresno Police Captain Phil Cooley said. 

Cooley said these criminals are taking music equipment worth hundreds of dollars. Most of these churches are small and don’t have any alarm or video surveillance on the property to capture the crime. 

Nayeli Andrade and her husband operate the Church of God located in Central Fresno. 

Andrade said crooks burglarized their place of worship several times. 

“Over a period of about six weeks, they’ve come in about five times, they keep coming back and getting a little more,” she said. 

The thieves not only taking the speakers, but several kitchen supplies used during service and clothing that are given to the poor.

The church also serves as the neighborhood’s food bank, food donated by the congregation. 

“We just see it as a setback because there is a greater need and I believe that theirs more good people than people who are just trying to take away our hard work,” she said.

Police is asking if you see suspicious activity around a church in your neighborhood to give them a call. 

Police encourage churches to install video surveillance around their property to help deter crime. 

If you would like to help the Church of God, you can reach out to Andrade, you can email her. 

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