Church Burglars Steal $11K Worth of Antique Chandeliers, Chairs from Pulpit

Saturday, Aug 31, 2013  |  Updated 12:23 AM EDT
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Six Philadelphia churches have been hit by burglars in the past week. NBC10's Nefertiti Jaquez tells us what these crimes have in common.

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Six Philadelphia churches have been hit by burglars in the past week. NBC10's Nefertiti Jaquez tells us what these crimes have in common.

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Calvin Presbyterian Church in West Philadelphia is hoping police will be able to track down the burglars who targeted their church.

"These guys know what they were doing. These are no amateurs," Elder Ron Ricks of Calvin Presbyterian told NBC10 Philadelphia's Nefertiti Jaquez.

The thieves pried open a door to the church during the overnight hours when no one was around. "It's very odd. It's almost like they've been here and they knew what they wanted and came back to get it," said Ricks.

The burglars allegedly swiped about $11,000 worth of antique chandeliers and chairs from the pulpit.

"They would have to be heartless, ruthless, and have no sense of respect for God or a church building," said Ricks.

This church has been a fixture in the community for 112 years.

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Calvin Presbyterian is one of six churches in the city hit by burglars just this week.
 
Police aren't able to confirm if all these cases are linked.

 


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