Burglars hit two churches, drive-in theater Saturday

STEPHENS CITY – The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office is investigating burglaries at two churches and a business Saturday night within short distances of each other.

Capt. Donald Lang of the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office said the burglaries appear to be linked.

“We believe they are related mainly because of the geographical area, and they’re close together,” Lang said.

The burglars broke into and stole an undisclosed amount of money from the Abundant Life Church, 700 Aylor Road; the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Shenandoah Valley, 6380 Valley Pike; and the Family Drive-In Theater, 5890 Valley Pike.

Lang said the break-ins involved forced entry through door windows “or some other point of entry.”

The Sheriff’s Office had no suspects as of mid-Monday afternoon.

Lang said the burglaries may also be related to others reported Thursday night at Body Renew Fitness at 221 Commonwealth Court and Kernstown United Methodist Church at 3239 Valley Pike.

Lang said several burglaries last week in Winchester, including two at churches Thursday morning, also bore similarities to those around Stephens City.

Anyone with information about any of the burglaries is asked to call Lang at 667-0420 or the Crime Solvers Hotline at 665-8477. Those providing information leading to an arrest are eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Callers can remain anonymous.

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