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Thieves broke into Lenwood Community Church either late Tuesday or early Wednesday, causing approximately $1,000 worth of damages.

Lenwood Community Church burglarized

Thieves cause $1,000 in damage

Staff Writer

BARSTOW • By Pastor David Carr’s estimations, approximately $1,000 worth of damage occurred during a burglary at Lenwood Community Church sometime between 5 p.m. Tuesday and early Wednesday morning.

A man who lives behind the church noticed the church door was open Wednesday morning and contacted another church member who, in turn, told Carr at roughly 6:30 a.m.

When Carr arrived, he saw the door frame destroyed and a window in the back office shattered. Everything on the pulpit had been removed and thrown to the ground. He said one computer monitor was stolen and some of the sound equipment was damaged.

Carr reported the incident and said the police are looking into it.

He also said it’s not the first time it has happened.

Carr has been the pastor at the church — opened in 1969 — for the last eight and a half years. He said the church was broken into twice the first couple of weeks he was there. Since then, he’s had copper tubing from the roof and aluminum ladders stolen — untethered from the fence they were chained to.

Carr said he’s most hurt by the crime because of the church’s efforts to help out children — the church hosts about 80 kids on Thursday nights for youth ministry.

“Something like this happens,” he said, “it grieves the heart.”

Police could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact the Barstow Police Department at (760) 256-2211. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the WeTip Hotline at (800) 78-CRIME or leave information on the WeTip Hotline at www.WeTip.com.


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