VIDEO: Burglars caught on CCTV raiding Deane Church
BURGLARS who raided a Bolton church were caught on CCTV, it has emerged.
Deane Church in Junction Road was targeted by thieves last week — less than a year after burglars ransacked the building.
The footage, now released by police, shows two people walking up the path just after 5.30am and entering the building, before leaving holding items — thought to be the church’s radio microphones, which were stolen during the break-in.
The raid follows a burglary days before Christmas last year — in which thieves made off with a drum kit, microphones and a “grub tub” used to collect food for Bolton people in need.
Members of the congregation spent hours tidying the church after the burglary in December.
Speaking about the new CCTV footage, church warden Lee Higson said: “Hopefully the images could help to catch the people who did this.
“Unfortunately the images are a bit grainy and the thieves were wearing gloves so there were no fingerprints left behind. After other incidents we have spent a lot of money updating the security systems, but these people were in and out of the building in three minutes — so there was no chance of catching them in the act. It feels like nothing is sacrosanct any more and it does make you feel vulnerable — the church is set back from the road so it is an easy target.”
“Breaking into a church is different than breaking into anywhere else.”
Anyone with any information about the burglary can call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.
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