Burglars Target Church


An Omaha church, the target of burglars, is praying to God it doesn't happen again.

However, they're also looking a lot closer to earth for help keeping the church safe.

It wasn't the wakeup call Bob Hoff, caretaker of Shepherd of the Hills Church, was ready for early Sunday morning.

“They broke it all out around the lock so that they had access to get inside there,” he said while examining the damaged garage door lock.

The church's security company reported yet another break-in, this time at the church's garage.

“I said, 'Oh cripes, somebody got in there,'” said Hoff, recalling when he first approached the garage that Sunday morning.

Hoff opened the door and found a number of tools were missing, including an air compressor.

Burglars also took a five gallon tank of gas and 200 feet of phone wiring.

“The police told us that they would probably be back for the other stuff. They probably didn't have enough room for it," says Hoff.

Unfortunately, this isn't the first time the church has been hit by thieves, and with a neighborhood right across the street, the church is hoping everyone can keep an eye out for one another so that no one else has to deal with this kind of crime.

Hoff wants to see those burglars caught.

“The money, sure it can be replaced, but it's just the idea of it you know? We're doing God's work and they're not helping us do it any," he says.

Believing too, that God helps those that help themselves, Hoff also got some extra locks.

The church is happy that so far, burglars haven't taken any gardening tools.

Shepherd of the Hills Church tends a garden on its property to help feed those at Project HOPE.


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