Vandal strikes south St. Louis church again, steals bible from 1800s

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on December 22, 2012 at 10:39 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 24 at 4:36 AM

ST. LOUIS (KMOV) -- Officials say a man broke into a south St. Louis church again on Friday night, shattering windows, trashing the church and stealing a 150-year-old bible.

The St. John Lutheran Church on South Morgan Ford has been robbed or vandalized a dozen times within the past year alone. On Wednesday night, surveillance cameras captured a thief on camera before he broke in and stole items intended for families in need.

“We were getting a lot of presents for Humani-tree and our food bank, and they came in the very next night and destroyed a lot of presents, unwrapped everything and stole a lot of the presents for themselves,” said Rev. Michael Tanney.

On Friday night, church members say they believe the same man broke in again. Church Elder Craig Goeble said this time, the man stole an Augsburg bible dating back to the 1800's.

"They watch us, then when we're gone they hit us," Goeble said.

Over the past two years, thieves have stolen copper, cash and other items from the church.

Goeble said police have not yet made any arrests in connection to the break-ins. For now, he plans to fix the holes, secure the windows and pray it does not happen again.

"I don't know if we're getting used to it, but we are trying everything to stop it," Goeble said.

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