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Police: Knife and phone found in church burglary

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

A Waterloo congregation is upset after their church was broken into, and property was damaged and stolen.

Walnut Ridge Baptist Church is located near Ansborough and Ridgeway, and it's difficult to believe someone would break into a church near the busy intersection.

What's more shocking is the burglar left behind a phone and knife.

The holiday season brings out the spirit of giving for most people, but for others, it's a time of taking.

"You hope people aren't that desperate, but maybe they are," church financial administrator, Bryan Segerstrom said.

He's been a member of the congregation for more than 40 years, and he said the church and school has experienced vandalism in the past, but they've never experienced a crime like this.

Segerstrom said the burglar stole an associate pastor's laptop after they broke into his office and caused nearly $2,500 in damage.

"I would say it was shock, or even surprise, and that was our reaction for our school as well," Segerstrom said.

Waterloo Police say the person responsible broke in through this basement window.

Among broken glass and pieces of window frame, they were able to locate a knife and someone's cellphone.

Right now, police are tracking down who owns those items.

"Please be honest enough and return it. That would maybe be the change that could help change the circumstances," Segerstrom said.

Waterloo Police captain David Mohlis said they're investigating who owns the knife and cellphone, and they're hopeful they'll be able to track down the burglar.

According to Waterloo Police, several business owners in the area reported overnight burglaries.

We asked Waterloo Police whether they believe these incidents are related, and we have not yet heard back.

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