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Multiple local church break-ins

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Police are urging local churches to step up their security following a slew of break-ins last month. Church members are volunteering their time to help the churches make up for what they lost. Servant Episcopal church member Courtney Gee said, "People came in through a window in the back, which gave them access to the entire church and then they broke into the offices by prying open the windows and the office doors." Overall, the suspect stole two computers and racked up nearly $500 in damages. Gee is doing all he can to bring his church back to life by installing new hardware on the doors and windows. It happened across town, too. St. Mark's Free Will Baptist had nearly $10,000 in tools stolen around the same time. St. Matthew's Evangelical Lutheran Church on College Road also had some minor damages. Luckily, the Church of the Servant had insurance to cover most of the damages. "We try to do a lot of community outreach, that is one of our big deals. And it just feels kind of bad to have the community come back on you," said Gee. Wilmington police are reaching out to the churches that were hit offering crime prevention strategies like security systems. Church of the Servant hasn't finalized any security system installations, but they are tightening up where they can. New computers are arriving at the Church of the Servant tomorrow. They are also changing all the locks and granting after-hours access only to employees.

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