New Orleans East church hit in smash-and-grab burglary

New Orleans East church hit in smash-and-grab burglary

Deliverance Missionary Baptist Church is place of peace and prayer, but sometime after bible study this week - someone broke in.

"At first I was appalled that anyone would even have the audacity to break into the ministry," Pastor Jessie Magee said. He walked up to the church early Friday morning to find a hole in the front of the building. "The police were here already. We saw the ministry was broken into, the glass was broken into, and we saw that we had a bad scene on our hands."

The pastor said the thief picked up a rock and used it to smash the window. In surveillance footage, you see the burglar climb through the bottom window and head down the hall towards the office. The burglar took off with around $300 and left church members feeling uneasy.

"They feel violated," said Magee. "That someone came into a safe haven, a sacred place of worship where people come to find safe have of the world."

"We've been here 18 years, and it's the first time something like this happened to us," member Mary Carmouche sighed. She and others say they'll leave justice to a higher power.

"They realize they're breaking in God's house. They shouldn't break into nobody's house. I wish they would think about it, and if someone knows who did it, they'll turn that person in," Carmouche said.

In the meantime, the church turns to faith. Members move forward starting with Sunday service tomorrow.

"This just makes us realize we have to pray more and be more vigilant," said Magee.

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