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Burglars hit dozens of churches near Ohio-Michigan border

HOWELL, Mich. – Authorities say burglars have broken into more than 40 churches in mostly rural areas of Michigan and Ohio since August.

The Detroit Free Press reported (http://on.freep.com/VOlpJ9) on Friday that break-ins have been reported in Michigan’s Lenawee, Monroe, Washtenaw, Hillsdale, Livingston and Genesee counties, as well as Fulton County, Ohio, near the states’ border.

Police said they believe the burglaries are connected and may have been committed by the same thieves.

Most of the churches targeted didn’t have security systems, and thieves got in by prying open windows and doors. They’ve ransacked offices, rifled through drawers and forced open safes.

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