A church in Springfield, Massachusetts has been robbed of everything from its organ to kitchen utensils, the UPI website reports today (August 29, 2013).
Investigators say the thief entered the Holy Temple Church of God in Christ last week using a key. Police Sgt. John Delaney said the theft occurred sometime between Tuesday and Thursday last week.
Bernadine Smith -- a member of the church for many years -- estimated the value of the stolen items at about $150,000. "The church was totally stripped, everything but the pews and a couple of chairs out of the pulpit," she said.
The church was founded 80 years ago in Springfield and has been in its current building since 1965. While it once had about 300 members, Smith said that the congregation -- like many inner-city churches -- has become smaller. She added, "We are going to bring it back."