Authorities continue to investigate a spate of Philadelphia church burglaries that occurred the weekend before last

“We do not have any updates at this time,” acting Philadelphia Police Chief Julian Greer said Tuesday morning.

At least four churches were broken into over the weekend of June 29. Authorities said that nothing appeared to be taken, though the burglars did leave a mess. 

Police Investigator Bobby Pattillo said last Tuesday that four break-ins occurred at four different churches over the course of the weekend. 

He said that East Philadelphia Baptist and Philadelphia Church of Christ were both broken into in the “wee hours” of Saturday, June 29. 

The break-ins were reported later that Saturday afternoon.

Last Monday morning, another two churches reported break-ins. Pattillo said that Trinity Baptist Church on Centre Avenue and South Side Methodist on Range Avenue reported break-ins just minutes apart after opening on Monday morning.

“It was the same thing at every seen. They called us and we responded and determined where entry was made and got investigators over there,” Pattillo said at the time. “At this point, we have not identified anything that was stolen, though some churches are still taking inventory. These cases remain under investigation.”

Retha Hillman, a secretary at Trinity Baptist Church, was the one who discovered the break-in Saturday afternoon. She said nothing was taken though the burglars did leave a mess.



“We have not discovered anything missing,” Hillman said. “They did go through drawers and closets and left a mess. They also broke a few doors.”

Hillman said that they have security footage from the break-in that shows more than one suspect with their faces covered.

“All I know is we showed it to the police but I do not know if they were able to learn anything from it,” Hillman said.

As of last week, the Sheriff’s office had not reported any similar church break-ins in the county.

A staff member at East Philadelphia Baptist who requested he not be identified said that they are still trying to determine if anything was stolen and did not have a lot to report at this time.

“There is not much to say. We were broken into and it is unfortunate and we wish it didn't happen,” He said.

Pattillo encourages anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 855-484-8477