Thieves rob Baton Rouge church

| June 28, 2010

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) – A church burglary caused one Baton Rouge pastor to turn his congregation away Sunday. The thieves stole thousands of dollars worth of equipment from Christland Christian Community Church on Iroquois Street and North Acadian Thruway West.

The burglars cut through a gate surrounding an area of the church usually locked away and took four large air conditioning units, totaling about $10,000. The theft left the church in darkness and without air conditioning.

Pastor Isaiah Marshall said he believes someone swiped the units late Saturday, which was the night before "Youth Sunday," when the church was supposed to be packed with worshipers. With hot and humid temperatures outside reaching 96 degrees, church services were canceled.

"That's even more hurtful, that you can't even minister," Marshall said. "That's the biggest thing. You can't minister to your people."

On a wall lined with old spray painted profanity, cords leading to the breaker box were cut. Marshall said it appears the thieves did not just hit the church. They also stole two of his neighbors' units. The nearby barber shop may have fallen victim to the same set of crooks.

"When people are on a mission to steal, they really don't look at it as maybe it's a church or a business. They just see opportunity," Marshall added.

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Category: Church Security