Cash and jewelry stolen during church burglary

By Evrod Cassimy – bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – We have a crime alert about a burglary in the last place you'd expect: a church.

Thieves hit the Faith Gospel Temple on the 2400 block of Webber Avenue in South Richmond, stealing money, jewelry and other items. Police are looking for these burglars and believe they hit sometime between 5 p.m. Thursday and 5 a.m. Friday.

Neighbors are still trying to understand who would be bold enough to steal from a church. Faith Gospel Temple is open to neighbors in its quiet Richmond neighborhood.

"That's scary because it's kind of quiet around here," said neighbor, Debbie Lett. "We've been here a couple of years and it's kind of quiet around this neighborhood."

Monday afternoon there was no sign of a break in at the church. The doors were all locked and stained glass windows hid what was inside.

Church leaders were not available to tell us exactly how much money was stolen or how these crooks got in to begin with. But people who live in the area tell us they're surprised someone would steal money from a church.

"God is a forgiving God," said neighbor, Wanda Harris. "I just, whoever it is I hope they repent and just let people know that they did it."

"He ought to shoot them in the tail with some lightning," said Lett.

Police are not sure if there is more than one burglar. These neighbors hope that whoever is responsible will feel guilty enough to come forward and turn themselves in.

"They need to repent and just own up to what they've done so they can pay the consequences for what they've done," said Harris.

Neighbors tell us that they feel safe in this neighborhood and that they don't usually have a problem with crime. If you have any information about this crime call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

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