Jennings County authorities investigate church break-ins

The Jennings County Sheriff’s Department is investigating two reports of area churches that were broken into over the past week.

Det. Jeff Jones says that the department received a report on May 28 that someone had broken into Bear Creek Baptist Church, at 3945 West County Road 1000 North. He says that the thief, or thieves, made off with assisted-listening earphones.

The second break-in was reported the following day, says Jones. He explains that someone made their way into the Graham Baptist Church, located at 2645 South County Road 600 East, damaging doors in the process. The detective says that once the criminal(s) entered the church, evidence indicate that they looked through the building, but nothing was reported stolen.

Jennings County Sheriff Gary Driver is asking for your help in catching those responsible for these incidents, as well as keeping similar ones from happening at any other houses of worship. He is asking you to report any suspicious activity you may notice during strange hours. The Sheriff’s Department is also asking that you keep an eye out for suspicious vehicles, or other items, people or situations that seem “out of place.” If you see anything suspicious, Sheriff Driver encourages you to report it by calling dispatch at (812) 346-4911 or 911.