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Purse, laptop stolen during Sunday services at Henrico church

Posted at 8:46 PM, Jan 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-28 20:51:18-05

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. – Authorities said two vehicles were broken into in the parking lot of a Henrico County church during Sunday services.

Mark Poland was leading worship at Sandston Baptist Church when someone broke into two cars while the whole congregation was in the sanctuary.

Poland said they have several members who keep a watchful eye to protect worshipers on sunday mornings.

But no one spotted the person or people who busted in two car windows to steal a purse and a laptop at some point between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m.

Henrico Police said no arrests have been made in the case and that they are looking for suspects.

 Sandston Baptist Church

Sandston Baptist Church

“We told our folks at second service: be careful. You’ve got a responsibility to hide your items; don’t be a target,” Poland said.

Poland wishes whoever decided to smash windows in a church parking lot could have instead thought twice about where they were.

“I would hope that it was somebody who really needed something, but there are ways to do this,” Poland said. “We’re certainly open to offer assistance whenever we can. It might have been better if they just asked us.”
broken into at Sandston Baptist Church

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