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Easter offerings stolen from downtown church

By MJ Thim 5:30 PM April 22, 2014

When Rev. Ronald Myers walked into his office at First United Methodist Church on Monday morning, he found the church safe busted open and all of the Easter offerings gone.

Sometime between 3 p.m. Sunday and a little before 9 a.m. Monday, the burglars struck, Myers said.

He said he’s not sure how the thieves got into the church. Anchorage police said there were no signs of forced entry.

One of Myers’ theories is that suspects hid inside the church and waited until everyone left after the last service on Easter, he said.

Myers described the door to the safe as bent and broken into pieces. Almost $10,000 was stolen: $3,000-4,000 in cash and $6,000-7,000 in checks, he said.

Easter is one of the biggest days in terms of attendance and donations to the church, Myers explained. The missing money was to be used for the church’s operating budget and community programs, he said.

Myers sent an email to his congregation explaining what happened and asked them to pray for the ones responsible.

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