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Wednesday, December 08, 2010

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Thieves burglarize church, steal from food pantry

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Thieves burglarize church, steal from food pantry
WICHITA, Kansas – A Wichita church is cleaning up today after burglars stole more than $20,000 worth of equipment and left a path of destruction in their wake. The burglars targeted the First Community Metropolitan Church near Douglas and Hydraulic overnight Monday.

For Pastor Jackie Carter, news of the break-in came early Tuesday morning.

“When you're a pastor and the phone rings in the middle of the night, you know it's not good news,” said Carter. “It's never good news."

Police told Carter that thieves had targeted the First Metropolitan Community Church.

"The police believe that they had plenty of time, because they were literally in here for hours,” Carter said.

The thieves broke through windows and doors and stole computers, monitors, microphones and a generator. But they didn’t stop there. They went as far as to steal food from the church's food pantry that goes to feed hundreds of Wichita families each week.

"Twenty boxes of food, not just a few canned goods, Carter said. “We're talking about a fair amount of food. That will impact all of the people we serve, not just the people that come to church here."

The theft will affect the nearly 800 families that rely on First Metropolitan for food each week. But church leaders say they will work to replace what is lost and hope to continue to serve each family that comes to the church for assistance.

"I believe that sometimes good people do bad things,” Carter said. “I just believe that these folks must have been in such a place they had to behave in a way that was very inappropriate and is going to impact a lot more people than just them."

First Metropolitan Community Church does accept donations for its food pantry program. Contact the church at 267-1852 for more information. 

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