- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 28, 2017

NEWBURYPORT, Mass. (AP) - Police in Massachusetts are investigating after four churches were burglarized earlier this week.

The Newburyport Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/2lSzQ2N ) three houses of worship in Newburyport and another in Salisbury were broken into overnight Sunday.

Newburyport police say a burglar vandalized the Old South Presbyterian Church, Unitarian Church and the Christian Science Reading Room as well as a nearby business.

Salisbury police say a thief or thieves broke through a back door at the East Parish Meetinghouse and stole an undisclosed amount of money from the church’s safe.

Police in both municipalities spent Monday collecting evidence and pursuing leads. Fingerprints were taken from the Salisbury break-in.

Salisbury police Chief Thomas Fowler says it’s very disappointing that someone would target churches.

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Information from: The Daily News of Newburyport (Mass.), http://www.newburyportnews.com

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