Vandals hit churches while parishioners worship inside

By Nikki

MACEDONIA, S.C. (WCIV) -- It appears no building is safe from vandals. Sunday morning, thieves stole valuables and damaged property while members of two Lowcountry churches located off Highway 17-A in Berkeley County worshiped. So far, no one has been arrested.

Deputies and witnesses say Macedonia Christian Church and Mt. Calvary Pentecostal Holiness Church were targeted.

"If they're going to bother you at church, what's left?" said one victim who wishes to remain anonymous. Thieves stole her purse, cell phone and two dollars left on the dashboard of her van.

"Somebody was really bold and brazen to do something like this," she said.

Shattered glass still partly covers the parking lot at the Macedonia Christian Church in Berkeley County. Thieves busted the windshields of several vehicles before taking whatever valuables they could find.

"The driver's side front door was shattered," she said. "There was just glass everywhere. It was just a real big mess and really upsetting to come out of church and discover something like that had happened."

Vehicles parked at Mt. Calvary Pentecostal Holiness Church church were hit the very same day. The church sits just miles from Macedonia Christian Church.

"All the vehicles on the outside entrance to the road where anybody could stop and take a quick look in or what not had been tampered with," said Samuel Harris, a deacon at the church.

Harris says thieves went after four cars in the parking lot--stealing money, a GPS and leaving shattered glass in their path.

"Nobody at our church saw anything. That was the biggest thing," said Harris.

Harris says this is the second time in less than a month that thieves have hit the church.

"We are thinking about now putting up a security system to help alleviate this," he said.

The victims want to warn other nearby churches and at the same time send a message to those responsible.

"In my opinion, I don't want to be in their shoes," said Harris. "God is{}not somebody to play with."

According to deputies, a witness at one of the churches did notice a silver Nissan Altima that appeared out of place. They were also able to collect blood from one of the vehicles broken into.

If you have any information on these two cases, you're asked to contact the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office.

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