Thieves take construction supplies from church

| August 3, 2010

APOPKA, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) – Pastor Melvin Scott of St. Matthew Holiness Church here in Apopka looked around at what was supposed to be the beginning of his new fellowship hall. His plans are on hold after someone stole most of the construction supplies.

"I couldn't believe it, until I came here. People stealing from the church. It just seems so unreal people would do something like that," he said.

Sometime around noon last Wednesday, four men pulled a truck and trailer up to the church and loaded $20,000 in steal beams. "The only thing I can say is, I feel sorry for them for what they did. You are stealing from God."

The congregation had been saving up for two years to buy the supplies needed for their new addition. The 4,000-square-foot fellowship hall was supposed to be finished by the end of the year. Now, they will have to raise even more money to finish the project.

"No Trespassing" signs are posted all over the property, and some of the beams are unchained. The church was burglarized once before, and since then, the church has been chaining up their supplies, but that didn't stop the thieves.

"People don't really care about church. Some people don't care about anything," said Pastor Scott. "You have to pray for them."

One of the church members confronted the men. She recognized one of them. Investigators said they found the Chevy blazer that the men used to load up the goods. It turns out it was stolen in Sarasota. Two men were arrested in that truck, but they are not suspects in the church burglary.

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