Pastor speaks out following church break in

By Zakk Gammon - bio | email

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - What started off as a normal Sunday afternoon for Father Bob Towner, pastor of Cape Girardeau's Christ Episcopal Church, ended up as a day of looking for answers and cleaning up a mess.

"There was a mess in front of the front door," said Towner. "Broken glass... and blood all over the place."

Father Bob, as his congregation calls him, says a thief broke in the front window and went straight back to the room where a cash box was held. However, Towner says he or she didn't get that much.

"(It was) an empty plastic cash box that we use once in a blue moon. But they did go to where we keep the cash box and nothing else was disturbed," which leads Towner to believe the person knew where he or she was going once inside.

Towner says he's grateful he already deposited the day's offerings in the bank before the thief showed up.

"He didn't get much," said Pastor Towner. "Just a bad cut."

The pastor says he's disappointed because his church is very involved in the community. He went on to say if someone needs help, all they have to do is ask.

"It's a little discouraging, because I think if someone really needed help, we would help them," said Towner. "This place is open all the time to the public."

The pastor says there's about $1,000 worth of damage to the property, but insurance should pay for all of it. Towner also says if police find the suspect, he will ask the court to assign him or her to community service, so he or she can help him weed the church's flower garden.

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