Thieves steal $500,000 worth of church equipment
Members of the Manchioneal Seventh-day Adventist Church in eastern Portland held an all-night prayer vigil on the weekend after thieves broke into their church last week stealing more than $500,000 worth of equipment.
"When God knocks, doors open. We communicate to God through prayer because we want them to bring back the equipment because they do not belong to them," Pastor Uwayne Orr said, while speaking about the vigil, which started Saturday afternoon and ended in the wee hours of Sunday morning.
"We lost a projector that cost a tidy sum, two powered boxes, a set of cordless microphones, a mixer board, four remote wall fans, and some more stuff. We lost over half a million dollar worth of equipment."
Last Wednesday, church members noticed that the church was broken into as they made their way to their weekly fasting and prayer.
"They called the police and they come in to do their investigation, but there are no leads yet," Orr said.
While confirming the incident, commander of the Portland Police Division, Rex Swearing, said that he has never heard of a sacrilegious crime during his tenure in parish.
"This is the first incident of this nature that we have had since I have been here," Swearing said. "We are still missing some information as to what took place."
According to a 21-year old church member, Teranda Lewis, the equipment might have caught the eyes of the thieves while they were on a three-week crusade in the neighbouring community of Long Road.
"Like dem see dem from over there [at the crusade], and just come fi dem after. Because it happen right after the crusade," Lewis said.