The First United Methodist Church of Blackwell was broken into over the weekend, and an estimated $2,500 worth of technology and other items were stolen.
Cap McIlnay, the pastor of the church, said he was called at 6:40 a.m. Saturday morning by a member of the church’s youth group that maintains the church grounds. The youth saw the glass door to the entrance shattered, called the police and then called McIlnay. Blackwell P.D. arrived almost immediately and began to investigate the area.
McIlnay said two large TV’s, a PlayStation 4, and three computers were stolen. In addition, several things in various rooms of the church were destroyed.
The pilot light for the heating and air conditioning unit was out and the stoves in the church’s kitchen were left on, which the pastor said could have had catastrophic consequences. “The officers on scene noticed the gas and acted quickly to turn off the stoves, open all the doors and windows they could, and air the place out,” he said.