SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — A Springfield congregation is left with virtually nothing after items were taken from their building last week.
Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney says that a report was filed last Thursday indicating that someone entered the Holy Temple Church of God in Christ on Bay Street and stole musical instruments, furniture, the public address system, microphones and microphone stands, kitchen items, silverware, and other items.
Bernadine Smith, a representative from the church, tells ABC40 that the organ and computers were also taken and adds that whoever allegedly committed the crime virtually took “everything but the pews.”
She was shocked, “It abhorred me, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing, what I was looking at,” says Smith.
Smith also says some church valuables were also stolen,” We’re talking about communion trays and glasses, we’re talking about all these official church items which were purchased m,any years ago,” says Smith.
Smith says she believes the theft was an inside job,” I can’t really tell if there were signs of forced entry. I do know that people had keys that were no longer supposed to be entering this church,” says Bernadine Smith.
Smith also says that the church and its pastor parted ways about five weeks ago after he reportedly joined another church.
Delaney adds that it appears that the suspect or suspects entered the church by using a key to gain access to the building.
The case remains under investigation.