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Second church burglarized in less than a week

Posted: 6:32 PM, Sep 06, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-07 10:18:04-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Another sanctuary violated.

Burglars hit Celebration Church near Gowan Road and Rancho Drive Monday. Now pastors at Mountain View Presbyterian Church in Summerlin have discovered they were broken into as well.

They feel frustrated and violated by what happened but at the end of the day, they're thankful no one was hurt.

Mountain view Presbyterian church's mantra is: Laugh often. Fear not.

These are words Pastor David Dendy lives by even afters burglars ransacked their sanctuary.

"This window right here that's no longer here... that's how they made their way into the office."

Early Thursday morning, cameras captured the incident. Pastor Dendy's office was turned upside down.

The church lost many important items Including laptops, a set of drums and even donations for homeless teens.

They're left dealing with tens of thousands of dollars in losses and damages.

"(We're in) disbelief that oh no that couldn't happen to us. A bit of shock and then of course we had our time of being mad and upset and being angry about it. And then just very sad that we have folks in our world who feel the need to have to live this way."

This is the second time in less than a week burglars violated a place of worship.

Monday pastors at Celebration Church walked up to a similar scene.

Pastor Danny Hand says, "Just the feeling of being violated, more than the stuff is where it's painful."

But Pastor David Deny has a message for the men who broke into their church.

"Our doors are wide open. You don't have to break in. You can come on in we're going to be here Sunday morning with our arms wide saying we're glad you're here in the name of god's love and god's grace."

And for the congregation, "We're gonna laugh and we're gonna be fearless in the face of adversity."

Police are investigating this case but it's still unclear if this is connected to the Celebration Church burglary.