Another church burglary investigated

The Restoration Fellowship Church in Strasburg lost three computers in a burglary over the weekend.

Maj. Scott Proctor, of the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office, said in an interview that the Restoration Fellowship burglary at 2128 John Marshall Highway may be linked to two other church burglaries around the same time in the Stephens City area, but nothing has been confirmed so far.

“We’re not saying they’re connected, but we haven’t ruled that out,” Proctor said.

Frederick County authorities say burglars hit the Abundant Life Church at 700 Aylor Road and the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Shenandoah Valley at 6380 Valley Pike on Saturday night. Frederick County Sheriff’s Office officials believe a burglary at the nearby Family Drive-In Theater, 5980 Valley Pike, is related to the church break-ins. Burglaries reported Thursday night at Body Renew Fitness at 221 Commonwealth Court and Kernstown United Methodist Church at 3239 Valley Pike may also be connected, authorities said.

Proctor said the Restoration Fellowship burglary occurred late Saturday or early Sunday morning.

The intruders ransacked the church, overturning electronic equipment and damaging interior doors and some cabinets, Proctor said.

A member of the congregation discovered the burglary at about 8:30 a.m. Sunday. There are no suspects.

Proctor said anyone with information about the burglary should contact the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office at 459-6100.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com