Two Sandstone churches were broken into last week. It is believed that the Sandstone Evangelical Free Church was broken into Monday (October 17) or Tuesday (October 18) evening. The church was broken into from the south side window and money was taken from a youth ministry soda money jar. Inside the church, two office doors were broken into.
"We are saddened that someone is desperate enough to break into our church for money,” said Sandstone Evangelical Free Pastor Chris Cundiff. “But we want them to know that we care about them and are praying for them!"
The second church that was broken into was the Community Worship Center in Sandstone. The burglar(s) broke into the west entrance and took the church safe which had money and church documents inside. Church officials believe it was burglarized Monday night.
“The documents were no good to anyone except the church,” said Co-pastor Roger Schoenrock.
County Attorney Reese Frederickson stated that when someone breaks into a religious institution, the burglary charges are enhanced from a 3rd degree burglary to a 2nd degree burglary, which doubles the prison and fine penalty.
Pine County Sheriff Jeff Nelson said that if anyone has any information on the break-ins and burglaries, to contact the Sheriff’s office.