2 Strathroy churches targetted in string of robberies
The Westmount Christian Reformed Church and the First Baptist Church were robbed this week
Strathroy police are investigating after two churches were targeted by thieves on the same night, leaving one pastor feeling rattled by the experience.
The Westmount Christian Reformed Church and The First Baptist Church were broken into Tuesday night.
In one case, suspects got into the church through a basement window, said Pastor Peter Hoytema from the Westmount Christian Reformed Church.
"Lights were on, doors were open and my office had been kind of rummaged through," he says.
He said suspects went to the church kitchen and, after eating some of the food there, took the rest of it with them.
Hoytema said that they also took some food items from the food bank distribution box.
"The interesting thing is that if they wanted food, we would be more than happy to provide food to those who are hungry," he said.
"So if people came asking for food they would have received a lot more than they ended up taking."
Over on Church Street, the First Baptist Church was also broken into this week.
On Sunday evening, suspects pried open one of the emergency exits of the gym, located at the back of the church.
"They took a safe which is about 300 pounds so there had to be more than one of them, but all it had in it was the paperwork from Sunday's offering," said Dave Adams, the pastor at First Baptist Church.
"They took the camera that we use for video taping the service and the groceries we collected for the Salvation Army."
Adams said that his church would pray for the suspects and wished them well.
He also notes that had the suspects come in and asked for a donation, he would have been happy to help. "I would have handed the food to them and given them a card to get groceries from a store and whatever else they needed," he says.