(WBIR-Jellico) A church in Jellico lost thousands of dollars worth of property after a recent burglary. Among the items stolen was money meant for children in need.
Pastor Shawn Ivey of Oswego Missionary Baptist Church noticed the break-in on Wednesday.
The incident happened midway through the church's Vacation Bible School week.
"It is sad to know that someone would go to a church and steal," Pastor Ivey said.
The thief or thieves broke the basement door and stole several items including two flat screen TVs, the bottom half of a container used for communion, and money raised for orphans.
According to Pastor Ivey, church members place change in a jar during Sunday school throughout the year.
"At the end of the year the church tallies it up and the church sends it off to the orphans, to missions and support children that don't have anything," he said.
The church gives the children the money during Christmastime.
In total, Pastor Ivey estimates they lost about $3,000 worth of property.
"It belongs to the Lord and He'll provide it back with us. But it's just sad to me to see that there's people out there that would steal from the Lord. They need the Lord in their life," he said.
The thief or thieves also ate some food while at the church and took clothes from a donation pile.
This is the first burglary at the church since Pastor Ivey took over, about a year-and-a-half ago. However, this is the second burglary within the past three years.
"The pastor before me, they had a break-in where someone had busted a window and stole money but that's all they got," he described.
Pastor Ivey said he has filed a report with the Campbell County Sheriff's Office. The Sheriff's Office is investigating the case.