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Burglars take money, video game from First United Methodist Church
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Money and a video game system were lifted from Gainesville First United Methodist Church this week, but Gainesville Police found no signs of forced entry.

"We had one of our staff's office broken into," said the Rev. Terry Walton. "They stole some checks and some cash and some personal items from our employee. They also stole one of our Wii units from our youth hall."

Walton said they suspect someone entered the locked office through a ceiling tile from an unlocked classroom.
"We've had to implement some stricter security measures to ensure the safety of folks in the church throughout the week," Walton said.

Walton said the church has been lucky to avoid theft in the past, but thinks the recession may be to blame for this incident.

"There are a lot of people hurting and when people are hurting and suffering and trying to survive they will resort to things they normally wouldn't do, and I don't know if this is the case or not," Walton said. "I do know as a church we've seen a lot of folks turning to the church and reaching out to church in this economic downturn, and we're trying to do everything we can to be of help to people. But we'd rather them ask than just take."

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