Money stolen from Portsmouth church


by Arrianee LeBeau

Posted on July 13, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Updated Friday, Jul 13 at 6:26 PM

PORTSMOUTH -- Police are looking for the person who stole $500 from a Portsmouth church.

It happened around 4:30 a.m. on June 29 at Devine Deliverance Church, located in the 1800 block of County Street.

The money taken from a locked closet in the office was being collected for building renovations.

Detectives say the rear door lock was jammed so that it wouldn't completely close, allowing a person to get inside. That person pried the glass from an office door and broke a lock from a cabinet. He then attempted to remove the large glass jar of money, but was unable, at first. The suspect left the building via the front door, and went to an unknown location and retrieved a back-pack. He returned later, wearing the back-pack over his shoulders. The suspect re-entered through the front door.

The suspect is seen in video surveillance, leaving with what Detectives believe to be the jar of money in the back-pack.

Church officials say the congregation moved in last year and they'd already invested thousands of dollars into repairing the building.

The stolen money would have paid for more pews, fix ceiling leaks and audio/visual equipment among other things.

The church also owns a diner that also was broken into.

The suspect is described as a black male, wearing a white t-shirt, dark pants, and a dark baseball cap.

If you know anything that can help, call Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.