AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - After being targeted five times, Greater Love Church is no stranger to burglaries and this time the church was hit harder than ever.
The suspect(s) smashed windows, ransacked offices and drew vulgar images in multiple areas that the church has since made efforts to cover up.
“They stole guitars, they stole microphones, they stole our cameras, which we would broadcast on Facebook and had sometimes 4 to 500 people who would listen to the program," said Greater Love Church Elder Kalor Williams. "It’s something that we paid for out of our own pockets.”
Greater Love’s temple keeper walked in the following day of the burglary and discovered the damages.
“I was coming in to check the mail, like I normally do, and to pay some bills on that particular day,” said Greater Love Church Temple Keeper Linda Kemp. “As I opened the door and turned on the light, I noticed that there was trash on the floor. I know I never left trash on the floor. Nevertheless, I saw the window going into my office was all broken out. The door was open, so I just stopped in my tracks, then I kind of backed up, got my phone and called the police.”
She then walked through the church with a police officer to report what was stolen and vandalized.
“Things were just thrown across the floor,” said Kemp. “We went in bishop’s office, and things were thrown across the floor and in first lady’s office, it was the same way.”
After being burglarized and vandalized five times, the church has now invested in video cameras in hopes to catch the suspects and prevent any further burglaries.
“San Jacinto community gets a bad rep and with the repeated theft, people might look as if it’s an unsafe place,” said Williams. “What it does is it reflects on the whole community and makes the whole community look bad or not a desirable place to have ministry. If you know who it is that is doing this, just turn them in.”
The church now asks for the community’s help to find the suspects and to replace the stolen items.
Amarillo Crime Stoppers says if you have any information about the crime to call them at (806)374-4400.
If your information leads to an arrest, you could receive a reward of up to $1,000.