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Local church burglarized Saturday

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St. Paul’s Community Church of God in Christ on McGaffey Street. The church was burglarized over the weekend, with one intruder taking an air conditioner and a speaker before leaving the scene. (Alex Ross Photo)

An intruder broke into a Roswell Church Saturday, making off with an air conditioner and a speaker.

Police responded at 11:59 a.m. to a report of a burglary at St. Paul’s Community Church of God in Christ at the 300 block of East McGaffey Street, according to a police report. The air conditioner and big box speaker were each valued at $300.

Raymond Beachum — pastor at the church — said Tuesday he received a call shortly before noon Saturday when the alarm went off at the church. Because he lives in Clovis, Beachum said he called the church deacon, who he asked to go to the church and make sure the alarm was not set off by mistake.

When the church deacon arrived, a window was found open and the two items were gone. The police were then contacted, Beachum said.

Beachum said the intruder entered through a window and video footage from the security camera shows a male taking the two stolen items.

“We got him on camera,” Beachum said.

He added the intruder also attempted to steal a Bluetooth speaker, but dropped it and fled after he was startled by a noise.

The burglary left members of the church “extremely upset” and the church now does not have air conditioning, Beachum said.

Todd Wildermuth, public information officer with the Roswell Police Department, said the burglary is under investigation and a suspect has not yet been identified.

People with any information about the incident should contact the Roswell Police Department at 575-624-6700.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.