Theft & vandalism strike Oregon churches
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Air conditioning units stolen from Portland church
The Rivercrest Community Church in Portland had five heating and air conditioning units stolen from their property. Thieves hit the church on two different occasions and made of with over $9,000 worth of materials. Each unit weighed more than 300 pounds. More from Portland Tribune
Lebanon church robbed by one of their own
A former Lebanon church bookeeper,Molly Louise Marteney, was sentenced this month to more than two years of supervised probation for stealing $120,000 for her local church. Daniel was both the treasurer and bookkeeper for The First Assembly of God in Lebanon. Daniel is starting her probation time at 62 years old.
Speaking of stealing from your own
James Scott McKee was arrested by Eugene Police for stealing over $500,000. McKee was a financial planner and conducted fraudulent activities from his clients which included people from his own church and retired senior citizens. Police stated that McKee solicited money under false pretenses and did not invest funds as pledged. More from Register Guard.
LaGrande church vandalized
First Presbyterian Church, 1308 Washington Ave. in LaGrande, Ore., was broken into and vandalized last January. Footprints in the snow were soon matched with the shoes of 24-year-old Victor Marlitt, who is also suspected of an earlier burglary. Another man, Kory Hubbard, 22, was also arrested in connection with the vandalism incident. The church suffered $5,800 worth of damage. After harming the church, the two men proceeded to break into a Bobolink store at 1707 Fifth Street, causing $625 in damage and stealing $750 from a cash drawer. That money is still missing.
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