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Attempted burglary at Bethany Lutheran Church interrupted by homeless shelter resident

What do you think? (2 Comments) January 19, 2011 at 7:58PM

Pastor Dennis Andersen of Bethany Lutheran Church (7400 Woodlawn Ave NE) wrote to us tonight (Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011) about an attempted burglary at the church.

According to a police report, the incident happened around 3 a.m. last Thursday morning (Jan 13, 2011).

Bethany Lutheran Church has been home to SHARE, a homeless shelter, since July 2010, following a tense community meeting held by the church (read more about the meeting here).

SHARE info meeting

July meeting about SHARE, led by Pastor Andersen.

The police report indicates that a SHARE resident told the police officer that he heard a window break as he was sleeping inside the church.  ”When he got up to investigate,” the report reads, “he heard some rustling around in the office on the south side of the building.  [He] stated it sounded as if there was someone in the office stepping on glass.  At this point [he] pounded on the door and the noise stopped.  He listed [sic] for a few minutes and did not hear anything.  The room where the noise was coming from was locked and had no other point of entry into the church.  [He] did not want to go outside to check the window for fear of confrontation.”

The SHARE resident alerted a staff member of the church, who then called 911.

Pastor Andersen says that no property was stolen and the broken window was promptly repaired.

“Bethany’s staff and members are grateful for the prompt response of SHARE residents and their care of the property and grounds of the church,” said the pastor.

2 Responses to “Attempted burglary at Bethany Lutheran Church interrupted by homeless shelter resident”

  1. Ljbj says:

    Wow! I am so glad that no one was hurt and nothing was stolen. Praise God.

    • greenlake resident says:

      why is this article even bringing up the meetings about a tense meeting prior to the shelter starting up – the reason why people in the neighborhood were upset was because the church and share people didnt bother to let the neighbors know ahead of time -not that homeless people would be staying there – the church and their pastor and the share people were not upfront – period.