Hickory police officers are investigating a larceny and arson case after items were stolen from the Sweetwater Presbyterian Church in Hickory on Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning.
The church's pastor called police Wednesday morning after she arrived at 9:00 and found the church had been broken into and a fire set in the vestibule.
Though the fire went out before causing substantial damage, burglars stole assorted audio/video equipment. Investigators from the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office and the State Bureau of Investigation are investigating the case together with the Catawba County Fire Marshal's Office.
Authorities discovered a tire tool on one of the church's desks, and assume it was used to gain access to the building. The suspect had entered the building through a side door.
Anyone with information on this case can contact the Hickory Police Department by calling (828) 328-5551.