Vandals Steal From Jonesboro Church

August 9, 2005--Posted at 3:40 p.m. CST


JONESBORO--Vandals have taken advantage of the United Methodist Church on Fisher Street in Jonesboro. 


 The church offers many programs to those in need, including a free lunch program in the summer, but vandals broke into the church on Saturday and stole enough food to feed 300 people.

Pastor Larry Hunt says the church has been broken into three times this summer, and each time food was stolen.  However, he says the most recent theft is certainly the worst. 


 “The first two times they ate and took some cookies and chips and things with them when they left.  This last time it was a little more serious, because they’ve emptied one of our freezers,” he said.

Pastor Larry says he has reason to believe the thieves sold the food on the streets for drug money.  He also says he has a good idea of who might have done it. 


 “Whoever’s coming in knows exactly where the food room is and exactly where the kitchen is.”

The church has taken measures to prevent the thieves from breaking in again.  The vandals have broken through the same back window two times this summer.  Now, the window has been replaced with a more durable plexy glass, and the church is also considering putting bars up on the back windows.

The pastor says the community is already helping them get back on their feet.  Several churches, individuals, and some businesses are making donations.  If you’d like to help, you can send a contribution to:

United Methodist Church (Food Pantry)

223 North Fisher

Jonesboro, AR 72401