A Senseless Act

Burglars enter and damage Berlin Congregational Church on Worthington Ridge.

Burglars entered the Berlin Congregational Church through a window, which had an old wood board against it and damaged two office doors inside the Pastor's office sometime between Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

BCC Minister Mark Pilletere, who has been at the church since Nov. 27, was stunned by the burglary.

"Some things were taken that the Berlin Police Department is aware of but they could have walked off with a lot more," Pilletere said. "They didn't do anything other than being destructive. They broke into my office and damaged both of the doors pretty badly. There were lots of things they could have taken that would have made them some money."

While touring the church with Pilletere, there were televisions, DVD players, various electronics and a collector train set within sight.

"We know where they came in and where they left, which was the back exit by the kitchen," Pilletere said. "I don't understand because it looks like they just did it for fun.

"I feel kind of violated because they broke into a sacred place. The question I ask myself is 'why would anyone want to break in and harm a place that is a source of strength for the community?' But, we will continue to be a presence in the community."

The Minister estimates the damage to be around $2,000.

"I am thankful that some of the parishioners have come in and helped us out and the Berlin Police were here in no time," Pilletere said. "We put key locks on the doors to secure the area and that was thanks to our handy parishioners."

Berlin Police are asking for tips or anyone with any information about the incident to call them at (860) 828-7080.



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