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According to Willmar police, sometime between 9 p.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. Friday, someone entered Bethel Lutheran Church and stole the entire church safe, a heavy, gray safe about 2½ feet cubed. The church's cemetery records were in the safe. The 125 years of records are not recorded anywhere else. Tribune photo by Ron Adams

Willmar police investigating burglaries; safe taken from Bethel Church, pastors make plea for return of records


WILLMAR -- Willmar police are investigating a series of burglaries, including the burglary of Bethel Lutheran Church in downtown Willmar, and are asking the public for any information they may have regarding the crimes.

According to the police, sometime between 9 p.m. Thursday evening and 7 a.m. Friday morning someone entered the church, located at the corner of Becker Avenue and Fourth Street Southwest.

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Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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