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Woodlawn Churches Hit By Thieves Twice In Two Weeks, Police Say

Police are looking for two African-American men between 30 and 40 years of age.

The Shrine of Christ the King burned in 2015.
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WOODLAWN — Thieves burglarized two churches in the past two weeks, including one church that was hit twice, police said.

The thieves struck Shrine of Christ the King Catholic Church, 6401 S. Woodlawn Ave., and First Presbyterian Church, 6400 S. Kimbark Ave., the week of June 24 and July 1.

They broke in through front or side windows and left with church property, according to police.

Shrine of Christ the King, which suffered severe damage in a 2015 fire, was burglarized twice that week. The first break-in happened June 25. The second came between 10 p.m. July 2 and 7:30 a.m. July 4.

Police said the thieves are two bald men between 30 and 40 years old.

Meanwhile, residents in the area are urged to keep the perimeter of their property well lit, report suspicious activity immediately, keep doors and windows secured, immediately repair any broken windows, doors or locks and make an agreement with neighbors to watch each other’s homes and garages for suspicious activity.

And if video surveillance is available, save and make a copy of the incident for investigating detectives.

Residents with any information are urged to contact the Bureau of Detectives at 312-747-8380.