Police investigate thefts at Elyria church

ELYRIA -- It's a sacred place where people go to find comfort, but an Elyria pastor believes someone violated his church.

"My heart dropped," explains Second Baptist Church Pastor, Rev. Dr. Carl P. Small. "My heart dropped that someone would attack the sanctuary, attack the place of worship, a place of place, place of serenity."

Small says someone burglarized the church between the evening of Wednesday, May 7 and the morning of Thursday, May 8. That week, revival services were being held and he believes whoever is responsible "looked them over" during that time and came back later, after hours, to steal.

Glass was broken, locked file cabinets were pried open and the church's safe was destroyed.

According to the police report, some of the items taken were collectible coins, a camera, cash, credit cards and the entire surveillance recording system.

Just days before someone also swiped a laptop from the church that is used for the after school program.

"Even that would've been on camera, it's all on the system that the person took with them," says Small.

Elyria Police say this is an open investigation. Anyone with information is asked to come forward.

"I would say to that person if you have a need just ask. Just ask that's the mission of the church," says Small. "Come ask for forgiveness, just ask for forgiveness, we will give the forgiveness and we'll embrace them."


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