Holiday toys stolen from north Charlotte church


CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46) — New information in a series of break-ins at a local church that have left the congregation reeling. This weekend marks the sixth time Cosmopolitan Community Church has been hit in the last 30 days. 

Church leaders told FOX 46 Charlotte they are puzzled as to why they are being targeted. They have now put plywood on all their windows to prevent any further break-ins. 

The inside of the church is a mess after thieves ransacked several rooms during a recent break-in this weekend. The church pastor said she arrived Sunday morning to find all the lights on and a side window broken. 

In the last 30 days there have been six separate break-ins. Thieves have stolen three computers, a TV, food to feed the homeless, and Christmas gifts for children. 

Team True Blue, a community organization spreading a non-violence message, also uses the church for their office. Now, they are also missing computers and backpacks that were supposed to be given away. 

The pastor believes the six break-ins are connected. 

“I say they need help because a real thief to me doesn’t keep coming back to the same place. So, I can’t help but believe whoever it is who keeps coming back they need help and they don’t know how to ask for it, but we are here to help them in any way we can,” Pastor Irma Gardner said.

Pastor Gardner said the church can’t afford installing a security system. For now, they hope to install security bars over all windows as a more cost effective alternative. 

Detectives were on scene earlier Monday collecting more evidence. Church leaders said fingerprints have been collected, but so far no one is in custody. 

The church says they cannot afford to replace all the items that were stolen and are hopeful the public can help them get results. If you would like to donate you can call the church directly at 704-572-0702.

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