Burglary Reported at Anaheim Church Found Ransacked

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Police responded to reports of a burglary at a church in Anaheim Wednesday morning and found that several areas in the church were ransacked, authorities said.

Anaheim Police Department officers were called to the St. Gregory American Coptic Orthodox Church in the 1600 block of West La Palma Avenue at around 6:25 a.m. when a person told police that the church's rear door was seen open after an alarm went off, authorities said.

Surveillance video obtained by KTLA shows a person who appears to be holding a flashlight and wearing gloves, walking through the building, peering through doorways, and going up and down the staircase for about 15 minutes before reappearing holding items and walking out.

Officers later come in with guns drawn as they search the building, video showed.

Priest Moses Samaan said the alleged burglar disrespected the place of worship and that valuable hand-crafted items used in worship were left all over the ground or found to be taken from the altar.

“They're a symbol of our worship and to have them stolen like this is a huge emotional and psychological blow to us," Samaan said.

Samaan said electronics and other valuables were also taken from the church.

Anaheim Police said officers took a commercial burglary report and that church leaders estimated that $2,000 worth of items were stolen.

No further details were immediately available.

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