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Jason Massie thinks it’s wrong that thieves broke into the Yeppoon St Andrew’s Uniting Church in Lorrikeet Ave, across the road from his family home.
Jason Massie thinks it’s wrong that thieves broke into the Yeppoon St Andrew’s Uniting Church in Lorrikeet Ave, across the road from his family home. Nikita Watts

BREAKING into a church is pretty ordinary, but three is just wrong, says Jason Mossie.

While his children were riding their bikes on the lawn of their Lorrikeet Ave, Yeppoon, home yesterday, Jason was lost for words when told the St Andrew's Uniting Church across the road had been ransacked.

Only small change was taken after thieves climbed in through a window sometime over the weekend, but it must not have been enough, as the Wesleyan Methodist Church and the Masonic Lodge were also hit.

Police have not ruled out the possibility the crimes may be linked.

A Uniting Church patron yesterday said if it wasn't enough the thieves broke-in, they also trashed an office and broke a filing cabinet that contained the lyrics to church songs.

At the Wesleyan Methodist Church a quantity of cash donations, food and communion cups were reported stolen.

The Masonic Lodge was also ransacked and money and two ceremonial swords were stolen, but a police spokesman said the swords were later found in a drain and handed in to authorities.

Jason said the break-ins were unusual and his street was normally quiet.

Anyone with information or who saw someone acting suspicious around the buildings is to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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