Computer equipment, electronics and musical instruments known as "Singing Bowls" were stolen from two Minneapolis churches on the night of March 1, prompting a warning from police for religious institutions. 

Someone broke into St. James Episcopal Church at 3225 E. Minnehaha Parkway between 8 p.m. March 1 and 7 a.m. March 2, according to police. Several interior doors were also forced open. The church lost computer equipment and electronics. 

A second break-in was reported at Living Spirit United Methodist Church at 4501 Bloomington Ave. S. It's believed the burglar forced open an exterior sometime between 10 p.m. March 1 and 10 a.m. Saturday. They stole a set of 10 musical instruments known as "Singing Bowls," the church reported.

A police warning issued Thursday afternoon asked religious institutions to take precautions to prevent theft. It's pasted below:  

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