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Posted on Mon, Jan 28, 2013 : 12:11 p.m.

Deputies investigating break-in at Dexter Township church

By John Counts


The church is located at 9575 N. Territorial Rd. in Dexter Township.


Police are investigating yet another church break-in in western Washtenaw County.

Investigators can't be sure if the attempted burglary is related, but the church, Faith Lutheran, located at 9575 N. Territorial Rd. in Dexter Township, is in the same general area as churches in Lima, Scio, Bridgewater and Freedom townships that have been hit since November.

Deputies from the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office were called to the church Saturday morning, Sgt. Geoff Fox said. The break-in is believed to have occurred sometime Friday night.

The suspect or suspects got in by breaking a window and then rummaged through closets and drawers, Fox said. At this point, it appears nothing was taken, according to police.

There are no suspects at this time. Police continue to investigate.

In December, police said there had been a rash of 45 church break-ins in an area spanning a wide swath of southeastern Michigan and even northern Ohio. Fox said it would be speculation to clump Saturday's Dexter Township church break-in with the others, but didn't discount that it could be related.

In Washtenaw County, an undetermined amount of cash donations were stolen Nov. 12 from St. Vladimir Orthodox Church in Lima Township, previously reported. The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office announced back in November that at least four break-ins on the west side of the county were believed to be linked. Those break-ins occurred in October at Salem Lutheran Church in Scio Township, St. John’s Lutheran Church in Bridgewater Township, Bethel United Church of Christ in Freedom Township and Clinton Assembly of God in Bridgewater Township.

If you have information on any of these incidents, please contact Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at 1-800-SPEAKUP or the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office confidential tip line number at 734-973-7711.

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Tue, Jan 29, 2013 : 2:51 p.m.

If only we allowed God into these churches, crimes would not happen. I blame the Liberal Media and unaccountable shareholders.


Tue, Jan 29, 2013 : 3:22 a.m.

When the dicks finally nail the criminals, my hunch is they will be from the Adrian area. Make a note of this post . . .


Mon, Jan 28, 2013 : 11:24 p.m.

WOW. Hate to be those people on judgement day!

Fresh Start

Mon, Jan 28, 2013 : 8:39 p.m.

Time to put an end to all this and have law enforcement and church leaders band together to install motion activated cameras


Mon, Jan 28, 2013 : 8:53 p.m.

It seems to be the new cowardly crime of choice for punks doesn't it? The problem is, most of these churches sit off by themselves without many close neighbors. Cameras couldn't hurt.


Mon, Jan 28, 2013 : 7:04 p.m.

Livingston and Ingham counties have experienced the same thing as well.