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Surveillance video captures suspect burglarizing Louisville church

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It is a burglary that shows nothing is off-limits for some criminals -- not even God's house. Now a local church is trying to help save a sinner, and catch a thief at the same time.

Liberty Tabernacle is a small church with a big mission -- and after several break-ins, church leaders have installed an alarm system and cameras. Kimberly Lane is senior pastor at the church, which is located on St. Louis Avenue in West Louisville.

"Perpetrator came through this small window right here, Lane explained. "They kicked in a little small hole from that window."

Most days, her focus is on saving souls.

"Over the last year, we've had about five break-ins," Pastor Lane said.

But these days, she's trying to catch a thief.

"It surprises me that they have the nerves...because even if they're not believers, I would think that there are some things that are just sacred," she said.

After several break-ins, church leaders installed an alarm system and surveillance cameras.

"To actually see him crawling, and then unplugging and picking up something that was gifted to us...it kind of...it really hurt," Lane said.

Pastor Lane says the man captured on surveillance video took a new keyboard and money the church has been collecting in baby bottles for single mothers.

"We were raising funds for Women's Choice and Nicole's Place and their bottle drive," Lane said.

Right now, Louisville Metro Police are investigating several recent church break-ins, including one another at Baptized Pentecostal Church of Holiness at the corner of 16th Street and Chestnut Street where thieves stole an electric keyboard and computer -- but not the church's spirit.

"When I got the call, I was like, wow!" said musician Tracey Roberts.

"We're still going to praise the Lord regardless," Roberts added. "We may not have our instruments, but we got a hand clap and voices so we're good."

Meanwhile, Pastor Lane admits the break-ins hurt the congregation.

"They cried," Lane said. "But then they prayed."

And they're already working to replace the money -- and pray for the man in the video.

"Because if he felt comfortable to kick in and rob God, then he is further along in a place that he doesn't need to be," Lane said.

If you know the man in the video or have information about the break-ins, you can call the Metro Police Department's anonymous tip line at 574-LMPD.

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