HARRISONBURG — A Harrisonburg church is missing between $700 and $800 after it was broken into sometime between Saturday night and Sunday morning, its pastor says.
According to Pastor Jeremiah Reamer, a window in the Victory Baptist Church nursery was broken with a pair of garden shears left outside. The break-in at the church, located at 521 Allegheny Ave., occurred between 7 p.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. Sunday morning. The last person at the church Saturday was mowing the lawn at about 6:30 in the evening, Reamer said.
When Reamer arrived in his office at the church around 7 a.m. Sunday, he found the mail in disorder on his desk and an empty envelope.
However, he didn’t know the church had been broken into until around 9:30 a.m. when someone found the broken window in the nursery on the other side of the church.
Earlier in the week, a screen in the same window had been cut, but no one could have made it through that hole, Reamer said. The screen was removed but had not been replaced by Saturday night.
After searching his desk, Reamer realized that the empty envelope on his desk had contained between $700 and $800 in petty cash used for a children’s program at the church.
“They went through my desk,” Reamer said. “[That’s] where they found it. We don’t leave any money here except for that purpose.”
Reamer said the Harrisonburg Police Department responded and investigated the incident. He said no fingerprints were found. HPD is investigating the incident and asks anyone who sees anything suspicious in the neighborhood to call police.
This isn’t the first time the church, located in a largely residential neighborhood not far from East Market Street and Interstate 81, has been targeted. Vandals had targeted the church several times in the mid-2000s, and in 2008, the tires on the church’s van were slashed, as were those of several other vehicles in the church parking lot.
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