It's supposed to be a sacred place of worship, but instead it became a crime scene. Someone broke into a church in Pitt County and stole thousands of dollars worth of metal from their heating and cooling systems.
It happened at the Sweet Gum Grove Free Will Baptist Church in Stokes. Church Trustee Steve Williams says he got a call that the church was broken into and when he got there he found several heating and cooling systems torn apart, some of the metal from them stolen.
He estimates that metal was worth around $15,000 dollars, which is a big loss for the church.
Church member Ginger Briley says, "It is very devastating, being I love this church so much, to know that somebody came in and of course it was outside and did that destruction. It is very hurtful."
The Pitt County Sheriff's Office is investigating the break-in. The church says they are contacting their insurance to see if they will cover this loss.