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Burglars hit more than 40 churches since August

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HOWELL, Mich. -- Authorities say burglars have broken into more than 40 churches in mostly rural areas of Michigan and Ohio since August.

Break-ins have been reported in Michigan's Lenawee, Monroe, Washtenaw, Hillsdale, Livingston and Genesee counties, as well as Fulton County, Ohio, near the states' border.

Police believe the burglaries are connected and may have been committed by the same thieves.

Most of the churches targeted didn't have security systems, and thieves got in by prying open windows and doors. They've ransacked offices, rifled through drawers and forced open safes. Officials say they've gotten away with cash, change or sometimes nothing.

Police released photos of two people of interest. Anyone with information is asked to call 517-266-6161 or 1-800-SPEAK-UP.

- The Associated Press contributed to this report

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