Police Investigate Rash Of Church Break-Ins

GENEVA, Ohio (AP) - Police are investigating a rash of summertime church break-ins in the lakefront community of Geneva and neighboring areas, including seven break-ins in the past week.

There have been no arrests, police said Wednesday.

Police Chief Dan Dudik said break-ins were reported at churches in several denominations.

In some cases entry apparently was made through pried-open windows. Filing cabinets and locked rooms were forced open and money and other items were reported stolen. No dollar amount was detailed.

Barbara Taft, lay speaker for Geneva United Methodist, said the church had been ransacked and money was taken sometime Sunday.

Damage estimated at $5,000 was done at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

In late June, five churches in nearby Ashtabula and neighboring townships reported break-ins and items and money were reported missing.

Geneva is alongside Lake Erie, 45 miles northeast of Cleveland.

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