Police seek suspects who burglarized Covington churches

Source: Covington Police
Source: Covington Police

COVINGTON, KY (FOX19) - The Covington Police Department is currently investigating three church burglaries in the Covington and Latonia area.

Police believe the same suspect(s) are responsible for all three burglaries. The suspects have the same point of entry and have taken electronics and cash in all three cases.

The Trinity United Methodist Church on E. Southern Avenue was hit on Dec. 25; the First Church of God on W. Southern Avenue was burglarized on Dec. 31 and the Latonia Christian Church on Decoursey Avenue was hit on Jan. 4.

Jenny McGuire is the secretary at First Church of God and made off with some electronic equipment. She says "It aggravates me...it doesn't anger me...I just don't understand how people can do this."

McGuire says she's trying to come to terms with the break-in. "To break into the Lord's house or our congregation's house....we come to worship the Lord, we don't come to destroy the Lord, we don't destroy what he provides for us."

Thieves kicked in a couple of doors at Trinity United Methodist Church, but Pastor Loletuth Kalz tries to put it in perspective.  She says "It is sad, but we also understand that we are an inner city church and that ministry in the inner city can be sometimes difficult and this is a reality."

At Latonia Christian Church workers spent Friday morning covering up a broken window with sheet metal. The church was burglarized on Wednesday and Pastor Mike Sweeney and his son Mikey say the thieves stole some of their joy. The elder Sweeney says "You see your space has been violated when you're really reaching out...you know that its not only hurt you, but a lot of others...our neighbors are upset as well."

Sweeney's son Mikey says "They probably did over 2000-dollars damage to our doors and our windows and that's all money we would have liked to put back into the community."

Investigators say if good old fashioned police work doesn't solve the burglaries..maybe a guilty conscience will.

The suspect(s) have caused significant damage to the churches while committing the burglaries.

Anyone with information should call Covington Police at 859-292-2242.

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