Church Burglarized/Vandalized Overnight; Guitar Stolen

Cpl. Teresa Fuller

Friday, April 6, 2018 at 9:40 a.m.

The Spokane Police Department is asking the public for help solving a burglary and vandalism incident that happened overnight. Bethel Church of the Nazarene on Spokane’s south hill was broken into, thousands of dollars of damage was done inside, and the youth pastor’s guitar was stolen. Anyone with information about who may be responsible is asked to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233.

This morning, April 6, 2018, just after 5:30am, Spokane Police Officers responded to the report of a burglary at Bethel Church of the Nazarene in the 1100 block of south Thor. Entry was gained through a basement window sometime overnight. What’s unique about this burglary is that the suspect(s) did not just break in and steal things, but also vandalized the church. A urinal and drinking fountain were ripped off the walls, a sink was ripped out of the counter, cupboard doors were ripped off their hinges, miscellaneous food items were strewn about the church, and other items were moved and broken during the crime spree. The damages were estimated to be $2,000 or more.

The only thing they believe was taken, was a guitar recently purchased by the church’s youth pastor. It is not the specific guitar in the attached pictures, but is nearly identical including the in-lay design on the 12th fret. It’s described as an Alvarez guitar with a Fishman pickup installed. It also had a green floral design strap attached.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233.

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