Thief Targets Church’s Instruments

| May 17, 2010

UNION TWP., Ohio — Morning worship had a different feel Sunday. The pastor of the New Song Christian Fellowship discovered someone stole nearly all of their sound gear and instruments just before services Sunday morning.

Police in Clermont County’s Union Township say thieves often target churches because they know there are expensive items inside with few people watching.

Sunday was the first day for the church to have their own building. They used to hold services at Withamsville-Tobasco Elementary on Ohio Pike, but the school is scheduled for demolition this summer.

The non-denominational church, with a congregation of about 50, rented a former office building off of McMann Road about two weeks ago.

Around 9 a.m. Sunday, Pastor Michael Fike opened the door to surprising discovery.

"Everything was set up to perform, but without without the equipment." Fike said. "Nothing was messed up."

Taken were a large keyboard, a bass guitar, speakers, amplifiers and a sound mixer.

Despite the loss, services went on.

"Our worship team really just jumped right in and filled in and didn't miss a beat," said church treasurer Ken Hart. "It was just a great service."

Worship Pastor Nathan Fite got a call from his dad on his way to church.

"We brought in a jimbay and just went that way,” said Nathan Fite. “We had one little monitor, so we hooked up one microphone and just did an acoustic set and and it went great.”

Union Township police say there were no signs of forced entry – and as far as evidence – they don't have much to go on.

"Life is kinda rolling with the punches, and we really have to rely on God to really figure the justice part of it out for us," said Nathan Fite.

"[The thieves] need to be thinking about the effects that this has on the people that they are taking those things from," said Michael Fike. “They might have thought that they had to steal it for their own personal needs, but when we came here this morning it did have an impact. it did affect people.”

The church plans to install a security system and follow some extra precautions in the future.

If you have any information, call Crimestoppers at (513) 352-3040 or Union Township Police at (513) 752-1230

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