Story of theft from church has ‘Wonderful’ ending

| January 9, 2012

JANESVILLE — Remember Jimmy Stewart in "It's a Wonderful Life?"

Remember how desperate he was when he discovered the money was missing, and how awful he felt about the money his friends and neighbors had entrusted to him?

It was like that when three bags of cash and checks went missing the Monday before Christmas, the Rev. Jeff Williams said.

No one knows how much was in the bags, but church officials estimated the entire weekend's collections at Faith Community Church, 2931 Lucerne Drive, was around $12,000, according to a police report.

It might have been more, Williams said.

The money was normally counted on Monday so two people could be present, Williams said.

But the money wasn't where it was supposed to be, in a locked room.

"It was a shock. You just keep hoping somebody's going to tell you, 'Oh, we put the offering over here,' or it got misplaced," Williams said.

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