Deputies investigate after 3 Newberry Co. churches are burglarized


NEWBERRY COUNTY, S.C. (WACH)-- The Newberry County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's assistance to solve three burglaries to churches in the Pamaria section of Newberry County.

Deputies say that between 8 p.m. Tuesday and 8 a.m. Wednesday morning, someone forced their way into three churches taking electronic equipment, food and money.

Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Morris Chapel and St. James A.M.E. church were all burglarized and are working with authorities to determine a dollar amount of the items stolen.

“This is a heinous crime,” said Sheriff Foster.

“I was raised and still believe that churches are both sacred and Holy and to break into and steal from them is to steal directly from God. We will make every effort to apprehend and prosecute the person(s) responsible for this crime and I stand convinced that the God who never slumbers or sleeps has seen and is at work as well.”

There is no description of the suspect(s) or vehicle at this time.

Anyone with any information as to the identity of the suspect(s) is asked to contact the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office at (803) 321-2222, email your tip to, or call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC or text “TIPSC”.

A reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for these crimes.

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