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Thieves hit church in rural Elmore County

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DEATSVILLE, AL (WSFA) -

The Saint James Baptist Church in Deatsville could use a witness in a more secular way, a witness to help church leaders and county investigators figure out who broke in, and why.

"Anytime you mess with God's house, either way, they will be dealt with," said Elmore County Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy Ricky Lowery.

It's not clear whether this was the work of one person or multiple people. What is known is that the criminal used a heavy cinder block to bash in two windows. Once inside they allegedly stole documents and a fireproof safe. The break-in occurred at night about week ago.

The church, which sits on land off Gantt Road in a rural part of the county, dates back to the early 1900s.

"Based on what we saw, this looks like the work of a young person, maybe a teenager," said Lowery.

Authorities say the suspect or suspects caused around $1,100 worth of damage to the church.

"Right now they're looking at burglary third and theft," Lowery said of possible charges.

Saint James has new windows and an investigative team at the sheriff's office searching for clues. What church leaders don't have for the moment is an answer as to why their old church was targeted.

WSFA 12 News was unable to reach anyone affiliated with St. James Baptist Church.

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