The Burke County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the break-in to a church that included vandalism and the theft of items.
The Sheriff’s Office responded to Israel Chapel AME at 2713 Israel Chapel Church Road in Connelly Springs in reference to a breaking and entering. The deputy spoke with a church member who said that services had not been held at the church since March, 2020, and the last time the church was checked for security purposes was on June 7.
The church member went to the church on September 14 and noticed the deadbolt was unlocked and realized the church had been broken into, vandalized and some equipment items had been taken. It appeared that a fire extinguisher had been set off inside the church and the altar had been spray painted with graffiti. There was property thrown throughout the church and the suspects had walked on top of the pews leaving footprints in the dry chemical extinguisher residue.
The information released by the Sheriff’s Office says at this time there is no indication at this time that there was any bias involved in the crime. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with any information is asked to call the Burke County Sheriff’s Office at 828-438-5500 or Morganton/Burke Crimestoppers at 828-437-3333. All Crimestoppers tips are anonymous, and anyone with information leading to an arrest may receive a cash reward.[Photo courtesy of Google]