YOUNGSTOWN — The pastor and congregation of a South Side church recently burglarized are asking the perpetrators to come forward, not for punishment, but for prayer and fellowship.
According to a police report, someone forced open a rear door at the Holy Trinity Missionary Baptist Church on Parkcliffe Avenue earlier this week. Once inside, the intruders ransacked several offices before running off with a television and other valuables.
The Rev. Lewis Macklin, pastor, was riding past the building when he noticed the rear door open. He stopped to check on the building and realized a front door was also open.
Police said the thieves entered through the rear and left out the front door carrying the stolen goods.
The Rev. Mr. Macklin said the break in will cost the church several thousand dollars in replacement and repair costs, but in this particular case he is not looking for reimbursement. He said the church would just like the opportunity to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with the thieves.
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