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Man caught on camera breaking into Little River church

A man is spotted on camera after breaking into a Little River church. (Source: WMBF News) A man is spotted on camera after breaking into a Little River church. (Source: WMBF News)
The window of a Little River church was broken out during a Saturday burglary. (Source: Lisa Gresci) The window of a Little River church was broken out during a Saturday burglary. (Source: Lisa Gresci)

LITTLE RIVER, SC ( WMBF) - The Grace Christian Fellowship Church in Little River is cleaning up after security surveillance video showed a man breaking into the church Saturday night.

Though there was still broken glass, the spirits of those at the church were far from broken even though it is hard to understand who would break into a church.

“I just think it's sad, you know, that somebody would break into a church of all places,” said Patsy Dew.

On Saturday around 10:30 p.m., a man was caught doing just that.

Surveillance video shows the man broke into the church through a window in the fellowship hall. Sunday morning, Dew, who runs daily activities for seniors out of the church, got the call.

“I didn't really know a lot except that somebody had broken in and also come to the fellowship hall where I have my senior center, and also went to the church and just went through everything, I guess trying to find money or whatever,” Dew said.

Both Dew and Pastor Leon Weber said the culprit did not seem to care about being discrete. He not only looked straight into the security cameras, but also left behind quite a mess.

According to Dew, the perpetrator went through every cabinet, using a crowbar to open some of them. One held her bingo prizes.

“I guess because it was locked he probably thought maybe there was money in there,” Dew said.

At the same time the man was rummaging through the building, a woman was in an upstairs office posting information for the morning's service, according to Dew. While she didn't have any idea it was happening, she did get a weird feeling and left in a hurry.

“He heard her slam the door. She got scared and she slammed the door and went out. I think he heard that and ran out,” Dew said.

As they work to pick up the pieces, those at the church are thankful the outcome was not worse.

“He was checking the place out and I think that probably, if the lady hadn't have been here, I think he would have come back with a truck or something and took some really valuable stuff,” Dew said.

Instead, the man was able to get away with around $20 in change and a laptop.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Horry County Police Department.

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