St. Marien Church in Bochum-Langendreer Looted for the Third Time

Country: Germany

Date of incident: October 21, 2021

In Bochum-Langendreer, criminals have been targeting churches for looting, the last time being on the night of 23. to 24. October. The Catholic community of St. Mary's in the former Langendreer station has been the target of three burglaries this year. In February, the parish office behind the church in Marien was devastated. This time the burglars had their sight set on the church. On the night of Wednesday to Thursday (20./21. October), they broke in through the side door and stole a projector, according to the congregation. And on the night of Saturday to Sunday (23./24. October) the main entrance was broken into and the offerings were stolen.

Also, the Luther Church, which is in the vicinity, was broken into and vandalized in October. (WAZ)

The city deacon, Michael Kemper, commented: "This is already an expression of disrespect that churches are not being stopped now either."


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