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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) Credit: Jim Staubitser

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.

"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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