Dec 5, 2012 6:37 PM by Chris Welty

East Bayou Church Burglarized

Lafayette Police need your help solving a church burglary.

It happened at East Bayou Baptist Church on Kaliste Saloom Road late Monday night or early Tuesday morning. The suspect or suspects forced their way into the church, breaking a window, stealing several music instruments and computers.

"I don't see that they see church as anything different."

Pastor Lyndale Holloway says he isn't surprised someone broke into his church. He says early Tuesday morning he discovered a broken window and missing instruments.

"If it's somewhere they would break into or find stuff or mess something up, they're going to do that," said Pastor Holloway.

In all a keyboard and a guitar were stolen as well as three computers and a video camera. Three other guitars were also taken and left outside, destroyed by the weather.

Pastor Holloway says it took several hours to clean up the damage as dozens of people in the community offered their support.

"many churches offered to help out or do what they can to make sure things were ready for us on Sunday."

Corporal Paul Mouton with the Lafayette Police Department says it appears several suspects are involved because of the number of items taken.
He says it's protocol to check with others in the area to see what clues they can gather.

"We'll check area location where they may have cameras, they may have some type of recording device which would lead to clues for us to who the suspect is," said Corporal Mouton.

We did ask Pastor Holloway what security East Bayou has to prevent something like this, but he declined comment. Holloway did say they plan to beef up security to make sure nothing like this happens again.

So far, police have no suspects, but ask if you have any information to call Crime Stoppers at 232-Tips.

Chris Welty



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