Greenbrier County church targeted by thieves twice in two months

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LEWISBURG, WV (WVNS) — A Greenbrier County church is targeted by thieves twice in two months.

A group using Saint James Episcopal Church in Lewisburg on Oct. 14, 2019, discovered the TV was missing and contacted the Priest.

Father Joshua Saxe said he reached out to the different groups that use the church and officials were able to pinpoint a time frame in which the TV could have been removed from the building.

“I don’t understand why you did it,” Father Saxe said. “Perhaps you did it in a moment of desperation. There is redemption. It’s offered to all of us.”

But this is not the first time the TV has gone missing. In fact, two months ago, a church employee found a box outside that contained a dehumidifier.

“We weren’t quite sure why that was outside,” Father Saxe said. “Around the same time, somebody asked where the TV was.”

Offering plates were also missing, but were later found in the box outside the church. This lead officials to believe the thief intended to come back for them but did not.

Father Saxe is now taking extra precautions to prevent another theft by changing the locks on the doors. He said he has no anger directed towards the person who stole the TV, but hopes they turn themselves in.

“And again, that’s unfortunate, because it’s not our space, it belongs to God,” Father Saxe said. “It’s a gift to us and we do want to share that, but when something like this happens we do have to reevaluate how we are doing that.”

The Lewisburg Police Department is handling the investigation.

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