- Pedestrian killed during traffic collision on I-55 (10/23/16)6
- Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter faces challenge from criminal investigator Wes Drury (10/21/16)8
- Shooting injures two people in Cape early Tuesday (10/19/16)34
- 18-year-old killed in one-car crash Thursday morning (10/21/16)1
- Man arrested after dispute at school spurs brief lockdown (10/21/16)6
- 'I feel for them' (10/20/16)1
- Perry County: A great place to find home away from home (10/14/16)
- Tours provide a glimpse of Cape Girardeau's supposedly haunted past (10/17/16)1
- Crews are working on the new Drury Hotel (10/21/16)3
- Benton man accused of statutory rape, selling pot (10/20/16)1
Churches offer refuge, sanctuary and hope for so many people in need of spiritual comfort.
Because of this, it is almost impossible to fathom why anyone would want to do harm to church buildings.
But five Cape Girardeau churches have been vandalized or burglarized in recent weeks. Some had money stolen. All had damage to windows, doors and furniture.
That the burglaries happened during the Christmas season seems significant. Churches tend to open their doors more often for services that mark the special season and share the Gospel.
Fortunately, the break-ins didn't stop any congregation from worshipping as usual.
Two Cape Girardeau men have been charged with the burglaries. Both have pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Police had help making the arrests. One of the items stolen from the law office was traceable. Each of the men admitted their participation in the crimes, police said, once they were arrested as suspects.
Police aren't certain what would motivate church vandals to commit their crimes.
But pastors have a guess: They are hurting and angry and decide to take it out on churches where comfort and compassion should be available.
The law-enforcement community -- from police to prosecutors -- worked hard in this case to make sure the faith community was protected.