Burglar steals $10,000 worth of musical instruments, missionary funds from Abilene church

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An Abilene church is searching for a suspect who stole $10,000 worth of music equipment and other items, including children’s missionary funds, during a burglary Wednesday morning. 

Lloyd Boren, husband of the head pastor at Lighthouse Assembly of God Church, says he was awoken around 5:00 a.m. by a phone call telling him he and his wife needed to come see what had happened.

When they arrived, they found their entire church ransacked – all items from the pulpit had even been emptied onto the floor. 

“It looked like a bomb went off,” associate pastor Rusty Boren recalled. 

Lloyd told KTAB and KRBC and unknown suspect broke a window and entered the church around 4:00 a.m., taking several guitars and other instruments used in worship each week. 

Missing items include cymbals, a red Gibson  es335 guitar, a Gretsch 50th Anniversary guitar, and a Fender bass guitar – a haul valued at around $10,000 total.

The thief also took change from the pulpit that was collected from the congregation each week and sent to Boys and Girls Missionary to help fund their operation. 

Anyone who recognizes the suspect in the included surveillance photographs is asked to contact the Abilene Police Department at (325)673-8331.

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