Safe stolen from Crossgate Church recovered

Published: Jul. 22, 2013 at 9:10 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 25, 2013 at 1:16 AM CDT
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ROBERT, LA (WAFB) - A preacher in Robert, Louisiana says he preaches several times during the week, hoping to encourage his congregation. But after he found broken glass at the church office building, it appears someone missed the lesson on the ten commandments.

According to Action News 17, Pastor Louis Husser said Wednesday that deputies are working hard and have recovered the safe, which was taken out a glass door from the Crossgate Church in Robert shortly after 5 a.m. Monday.

Husser said he got a call from the alarm company Monday telling him that deputies from the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office had been dispatched to the Church. He says it seems like nothing is sacred anymore.

A banner faces the road in front of the church, inviting parent to bring their children to Vacation Bible School. Last week, children from age three up to middle school age, were at the church every night learning about religion and much more.

"We're going to have to explain to our children a lesson in forgiveness, whoever did this has to learn a lesson in justice," said Pastor Husser.

The children also collected money every night, their offering was for mission workers in the Philippines.

"They got excited about giving. Largest VBS offering we've had in years."

The money, which was mostly loose change, had not yet been counted. It was inside a safe, along with the offering collected at Sunday's service. Monday morning, it was all stolen.

"The building had obviously been invaded," the pastor said. Looking at the broken glass, he said whoever broke in must have been small. "They went directly to the secretary's office and found the place where we have the church safe."

That safe was secretly kept in a closet. Inside that closet were the church payroll and the church checkbook. Everything is missing.

Pastor Husser says whoever did this didn't just steal from the church, they stole from the children. Last week, one of the teenagers brought $200 she'd saved and put it in the collection for the mission workers.

"Nothing is sacred anymore. Kind of wonder what happened to these peoples conscience."

Husser says had the thieves gone into the sanctuary building, they would have known what they were doing was wrong. A stone set of the ten commandments are on the steps there.

Though the pastor feels victimized, he also feels good will come from this situation.

"We're going to pray for this person and when they are caught, we're going to sit down with them and share the good news of how they could have a better life."

That and perhaps a front row seat in the sanctuary, where they can see the commandments.

Pastor Husser says he got a call from the pastor at another church a few miles away, who said their door was kicked in this morning. Nothing was taken.

Church members have been told to cancel checks they wrote for Sunday's offering. Some banks say those people need to get new bank accounts, in case of fraud.

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