Sunday’s collection was stolen

| January 21, 2011

NEWMARKET — Sunday's collection at Newmarket Community Church — about $1,500 in cash and checks — was reported stolen from the church thrift shop Monday afternoon.

Money collected from churchgoers each week is used to fund church operations, according to the Rev. Josh Gray.

The church's collector took the money on Monday morning to deposit it in the bank, according to Gray, but discovered it was closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. After realizing the bank was closed, the collector took the money to the church's thrift store, where she went to speak with some fellow church members.

Gray said the collector briefly took her attention away from the money, which was in a bank bag and hidden under a coat and hat.

"She turned her back for a minute and when she came back, it was gone," Gray said. "She didn't get too far away from it, but someone obviously saw it and was pretty quick."

There were six to eight people in the store at the time of the theft, but no one the volunteers recognized, Gray said.

Of the stolen donations, Gray said only $250 was in cash. The rest were checks already stamped by the church.

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