STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga – For the second consecutive week, the Stone Mountain church owned by a Grammy gospel nominee’s family was burglarized before another Sunday service.
According to the incident report, a call came in to the DeKalb Co. Police Department in reference to a burglary. When the officer arrived he made contact with Jeremy Jones, the complainant. Mr. Jones stated that he found a forced open side door and a projector had gone missing.
A member of the Kingdom City Church told 11Alive Sunday morning the church office was disturbed, but the sanctuary was untouched.
“Thankfully, we removed the computer towers from the building last Sunday,” the member said.
One window was broken during last weekend's burglary, and church staff boarded up most of them to stop anyone from breaking in again. But this weekend, someone busted the door frame around the lock to get in.
The only items that were stolen in this most recent incident were two speakers and a broken projector. The church staff had removed most remaining items with any value after the burglary a week ago.
"We boarded up our windows from the last time we were broken in to just to be safe,” said church deacon Jeremy Jones. "This isn't going to keep us down. We are going to still be here. Obviously there is a lot more work to be done in the area if people still want to break in. They must be looking for something. But there is nothing there to take."
"Who comes a second time?” asked Sam Bryant, a church bishop. “Whether they knew about the robbery the last week or whether these are the repeat offenders coming back to pick-up what they left behind the first time, who does that?"
Last week, burglars cut power to the church before breaking in, thus disabling the alarm system, and then stole $30,000 in microphones, projectors, televisions and other equipment.
The church is the spiritual home to Grammy nominee Jamie Grace, and is owned by her family.
This most recent incident is the eighth time the church has been burglarized.
Church members believe the people responsible knew the area well.
The church has created a GoFundMe campaign to cover the stolen items and damage costs, which can be found by clicking here.