Thief took over $20K from secure at Philadelphia church: cops

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The pastor of a historic Philadelphia church on Tuesday made a public plea to the still-unidentified one who stole over $20,000 from the church’s secure earlier this month.

“I am not concerned with you going to jail, I am concerned with you getting one other likelihood because the God we serve does for therefore many people,” mentioned Rev. Dr. Alyn Waller, senior pastor at Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church.

Police launched surveillance video from Enon Tabernacle confirmed a Nov. 12 housebreaking. They are saying somebody was seen on surveillance video strolling via the car parking zone, after which breaking via a glass door to enter the church.

Inside, the thief headed to the primary workplace, the place a locked secure was on the ground. They broke into the secure and took about $20,000-$25,000 in money and checks. 

Waller empathized with the burglar and needs them to succeed in out to the church.

“I imply this with the underside of my coronary heart, we can provide you greater than you possibly can ever take from us,” Waller mentioned. “If life has hit you this tough that you must try and take individuals’s religion and their religion giving, that should imply life is fairly tough for you and you’re hurting proper now.” 

“Our coronary heart towards you is that will help you, that will help you with this Thanksgiving, that will help you with Christmas, that will help you with nevertheless we might help you get again in your toes,” Waller added.  

Police say after the theft, the burglar left the constructing strolling towards Cheltenham Avenue.

Police described the suspect as a person sporting a black coat, pants and sneakers, together with yellow and black work gloves and a black backpack with the phrase “BRAND” on it.


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