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Hubbard County authorities responded to a litany of burglary calls at rural churches Sunday morning. 

Pastors at churches in Akeley, Nevis and Guthrie all experienced weekend break-ins. In some cases, burglars broke glass to gain entry to the buildings.  Besides the damages, valuables were also reported missing.

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Gil Morris, president of First Lutheran Church of Akeley, said burglars caused an estimated $1,000 of damage to his church, breaking down locked doors to get at cash and leaving other valuables behind.

“Three or four doors will have to be replaced,” he said. “We had three or four canisters of money in several places, like coffee fund money, for one purpose or another. We figured in the neighborhood of $200 was taken.” Morris said he doubts strangers were the culprits.

“It seemed somebody knew where to look or other than that they just looked for doors that were locked and (determined) there was something in there that they could use,” he said.

Computers and other valuables were left untouched, so the burglars may have concentrated on the cash.

“Yeah, I guess so,” Morris said. “It must have been a very busy night from what I understand.”

Church officials were still tallying the damages Tuesday. 

Sarah Smith, Park Rapids Enterprise

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