Cops probe break-in at Manhasset church

Nassau County Police investigate the scene of a Nassau County Police investigate the scene of a robbery at Mount Olive Baptist Church in Manhasset. (Jan. 12, 2014) Photo Credit: Jim Staubitser

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Nassau County police are trying to determine who stole a checkbook from a Manhasset church after breaking into the pastor's office.

Police on Monday said the break-in at the Mount Olive Baptist Church on 43 High St., happened sometime between 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Sunday.

Entry to the church was through an unlocked basement window, the pastor's office had been ransacked and the church's checkbook was missing, according to a news release.

Trustee Edward Corley, of the church, said parishioners coming to worship Sunday discovered the burglary.

"They should have taken a Bible or two, but they didn't take one of those," Corley told Newsday Sunday.

Gary Jones, a parishioner at the church, said the nature of the crime hits close to home.

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"When it comes to churches and children, it hurts," he said.

Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at 800-244-8477. All calls will be kept confidential.

With David M. Schwartz

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