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San Francisco churches attracting burglars

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Burglars have struck at least six churches in San Francisco in the past two months, police said.

St. Francis Episcopal Church, which has been robbed five times, installed surveillance cameras and motion detection lights Friday, KGO-TV, San Francisco, reported.

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"I think it's the sign of our times, of the desperation that people feel, and also people knowing that a church is vulnerable and many of us don't have security systems," the Rev. Mark Ruyak said.

In late August, thieves broke into the rector's office and took a laptop. A week later, they came back for money.

Six churches were burglarized in August and September in the southwest part of the city, but police don't think the break-ins are related. Laptops, money, checks, musical instruments and food have been taken.

At St. George Orthodox Church, someone broke into the offices and stole the Sunday collection money.

"It's really sad, you know, this is our 13th, 14th year here and never happened before. The last month it has been more than one incident and it's very bad," member Betty Agra said.

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