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Burglars hit same church twice, bust open a safe

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Thieves broke into the First Assembly of God Church in Sullivan a second time and broke open a safe. Thieves broke into the First Assembly of God Church in Sullivan a second time and broke open a safe.
Thieves broke into the First Assembly of God Church in Sullivan a second time and broke open a safe. Thieves broke into the First Assembly of God Church in Sullivan a second time and broke open a safe.
SULLIVAN, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

A church in Sullivan has been broken into for the second time.

The First Assembly of God Church was one of three churches burglarized in October. This time, on Nov. 2, the thieves broke in overnight and used the same window as last time.

Church youth pastor Michael Maschmeyer said the thieves broke out a window, came in and "kind of ransacked the building again."

Police said they believe it was probably the same burglar or burglars who returned to get something they didn't take before. In the Nov. 2 burglary, a safe was taken to a field behind the church and broken open using sledgehammers. Maschmeyer said the thieves didn't get much.

"A little cash, some paperwork for the church... so really again, got nothing. Caused more damage than they got themselves," said Maschmeyer.

He said the small amount of money that was in the safe was money donated by children for missionaries. 

Another church that was burglarized in October got surveillance video of a thief, but his face was covered and he hasn't been identified. Maschmeyer said it's frustrating that the thieves would target churches.

"[It's frustrating that people] hit a place that is normally known for love and helping the community," said Maschmeyer.

He said the church will be taking steps to increase security very soon.

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