Clothing and shoes, as well as other items, have been stolen recently from Harmony Assembly of God Church, located at 1324 Greasey Valley Road.
The stolen items were to be given away by the church as part of its food pantry and its back to school clothing giveaway effort.
Some of the items have been recovered, according to the Logan County Sheriff’s Department. One person, Robert Hill, 18, has been arrested and charged in connection with the incident, according to Lt. Jason Massey of the sheriff’s department. The incident remains under investigation, Lt. Massey said.
“I’m much more disappointed than angry,” said pastor of the church, the Rev. Tammy Frederick. “We would like our stuff back and for those who did this to get enough punishment that they don’t do this again. Honestly, we would have given them whatever they needed.”
Frederick estimates the value of items stolen at “several thousand dollars worth at clearance prices.”
The clothing for the back to school effort was going to be given away in July, Frederick said.
“Last year, we believe we outfitted between 200 and 300 kids,” she said. “We believe we had enough to outfit 400 kids this year. We will replace the items. We’re not asking for donations. We’re not going to stop giving because someone took something from us. We want to be a blessing to people. And those who did it, we love them. We will reach out to them at any time.”
According to Massey, the break-in took place at about 7:45 p.m. on April 28. According to Massey, Hill and a juvenile female were seen breaking into the church and taking multiple large bags of new donated clothes and shoes. According to Massey, a deputy went to the juvenile female’s house, spoke with her, her parents and Hill. They were advised of their rights and agreed to speak with the deputy, according to Massey. Hill stated that he and the juvenile had gone to the church days prior and took some black lights and bags of clothes. Hill was then placed in custody, according to Massey.
The next day, the deputy was notified by Tammy and Brian Frederick that the juvenile had contacted them and brought eight bags of clothes that included 220 pairs of socks, six pairs of pants, 40 shirts, 13 pairs of adult shoes, six pairs of children’s shoes, five adult jackets, 15 pairs of shorts, as well as Sharpie markers, crayons, and other miscellaneous office supplies with an estimated value of over $1,400.
According to Massey, this matter was turned over to the Criminal Investigation Division. Subsequent investigation showed that two juvenile males had also entered the church on several occasions and removed clothing and food, Massey said. It was discovered that around 200 pounds of donated frozen chicken was also stolen, Massey said. The chicken has been recovered but had to be thrown away.