After a fourth church burglary in three weeks, some Oak Cliff pastors are fed up. The break ins all happened at small churches within a few blocks of each other. And the congregations are left with hefty repair bills.
Pastor David Early discovered on Tuesday that his church, New Calvary Hill, was the latest to get burglarized. Thieves pried open a door and stole big ticket items.
"It's a great loss because this stuff is very expensive. The keyboard cost us about two thousand dollars," said Early.
Thieves also got away with an amplifier, two mixers and four microphones. They even stole paper towels and toilet paper.
In the other three break ins, thieves tore through the roof. At Deliverance Baptist Church, the crooks broke a pipe on the way in, flooding the kitchen.
And at Calvary Philadelphia Missionary Baptist Church, thieves took cash and 100 backpacks and school supplies intended for kids in need. Community members came forward to replace the stolen items so the church could still hold its backpack giveaway.
"I think it is the people who are using the drugs and stuff in the neighborhood," said Early.
The pastors are calling for extra police patrols in the neighborhood.
The Dallas Police department says it is stepping up patrols, but so far no suspects or arrests.
The break in at New Calvary Hill couldn't come at a worse time. The church had planned to honor Pastor Early this weekend with a celebration to mark his 13th year as a preacher.
The celebration won't be the same without the equipment, but he's confident it will still be special and somehow they'll get it replaced.