Churches recover from last week's break-ins - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Churches recover from last week's break-ins

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

A week has passed since five Gulfport churches were broken into. Those churches resumed worship Sunday, but Hillside Baptist Church Pastor Travis Anderson and his congregation were still toiling over the incident.

Dr. Anderson was the first person to survey the damage left behind at his church.

"The door was open. The door was kicked in to the finance room, and the window was up, and they had come in and robbed us," said Anderson.

Hillside Baptist was only one of five churches that awoke to broken doors and ransacked rooms last Monday Morning.

Since the break-in, Anderson has begun to form an opinion about how they were so knowledgeable about the churches.

"I think they go to the church. I think they find out where money is carried, and they go and ransack that room and take that money, or if there's a vault there, they are just going to take that vault," said Anderson.

The same night, churches like New Birth Full Gospel, O'Neal Road Baptist, Forrest Heights Baptist, and Ebenezer Baptist also fell victim to similar thefts.

Dorothy Tatum is a member of Hillside Baptist Church. She says the break-in has made her wonder what will happen next. She feels that if criminals will steal from a place of worship, it's scary to think about what else could happen.

Since Monday, Pastor Anderson, has taken steps toward increasing church security. He has put in orders for surveillance cameras and an alarm system in hopes that they will never have to go through a situation like this again.

Copyright 2013 WLOX. All rights reserved.

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Federal Red Snapper season dates announced

    Federal Red Snapper season dates announced

    Friday, April 20 2018 10:50 AM EDT2018-04-20 14:50:13 GMT
    For-hire vessels with federal permits will be able to fish for Red Snapper for 51 days beginning June 1.  (Photo source: WLOX)For-hire vessels with federal permits will be able to fish for Red Snapper for 51 days beginning June 1.  (Photo source: WLOX)
    For-hire vessels with federal permits will be able to fish for Red Snapper for 51 days beginning June 1.  (Photo source: WLOX)For-hire vessels with federal permits will be able to fish for Red Snapper for 51 days beginning June 1.  (Photo source: WLOX)

    For-hire vessels with federal permits will be able to fish for Red Snapper for 51 days beginning June 1. 

    More >>

    For-hire vessels with federal permits will be able to fish for Red Snapper for 51 days beginning June 1. 

    More >>
  • Memorial planned for Moss Point man who died in motorcycle crash

    Memorial planned for Moss Point man who died in motorcycle crash

    Friday, April 20 2018 10:45 AM EDT2018-04-20 14:45:06 GMT
    Cornelius Barnes, 42, died in a motorcycle accident Wednesday in Moss Point. (Source: Facebook)Cornelius Barnes, 42, died in a motorcycle accident Wednesday in Moss Point. (Source: Facebook)

    The man who died Wednesday in a motorcycle crash in Jackson County has been identified. 

    More >>

    The man who died Wednesday in a motorcycle crash in Jackson County has been identified. 

    More >>
  • Man killed in Pearl River County car crash

    Man killed in Pearl River County car crash

    Thursday, April 19 2018 10:49 PM EDT2018-04-20 02:49:13 GMT
    Officials say the victim was a 71-year-old man from Moundville, Alabama. (Photo Source: File)Officials say the victim was a 71-year-old man from Moundville, Alabama. (Photo Source: File)
    Officials say the victim was a 71-year-old man from Mandeville, Alabama. (Photo Source: File)Officials say the victim was a 71-year-old man from Mandeville, Alabama. (Photo Source: File)
    A man was pronounced dead after a single car accident in Pearl River County.  On April 19, Mississippi Highway Patrol investigated a fatal crash on I-59 around 7:30 p.m.  The victim was identified as a 71-year-old male from Moundville, AL. He was reportedly traveling north on I-59 in a 2003 Toyota Tundra. Officials say the Toyota went off of the right side of the road, overturned and collided with trees. The driver of the vehicle was pronounced dead at the ...More >>
    A man was pronounced dead after a single car accident in Pearl River County.  On April 19, Mississippi Highway Patrol investigated a fatal crash on I-59 around 7:30 p.m.  The victim was identified as a 71-year-old male from Moundville, AL. He was reportedly traveling north on I-59 in a 2003 Toyota Tundra. Officials say the Toyota went off of the right side of the road, overturned and collided with trees. The driver of the vehicle was pronounced dead at the ...More >>
Powered by Frankly