CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Police are looking for thieves stealing checks from mailboxes at five different local churches.
Authorities say that a number of checks have been stolen from the Winfree Memorial Baptist Church. The senior pastor of the church sent out a letter to alert worshippers about what is happening.
Dr. David Benjamin, the senior pastor at the Winfree Church, says it’s unfortunate someone would commit this type of crime.
“Well, that’s pretty clear in the 10 commandments, Exodus 20 verse 15, do not steal,” he said.
Benjamin is encouraging people to send checks to the church’s PO box instead of their street address.
“Boy we would’ve been glad to help someone if they came to us,” Benjamin said. “We’re able to do that all the time.” Police say thieves are stealing checks from the mailbox right outside the church.
“Our preschool director became aware that some folks who were mailing in their tuition payments,” Benjamin told 8News, “they weren’t successfully arriving here.”
Benjamin told 8News that six families in the preschool program are affected.
“You would love to think that everything that happens here is safe and secure,” he said, “but unfortunately that’s not the society and world we always live in nowadays.”
Benjamin says he was told by investigators that more and more checks are being stolen from churches.
“I’m just really grieved that someone would want to take that step. It has such heavy, legal implications if and when they’re finally caught,” Benjamin said.
Pastor Benjamin says whoever is behind this needs to come clean.
“The thief must no longer steal,” he said. “Instead, he must do honest work with his own hands so that he has something to share with someone in need.”
It is unclear at this time if the incidents are connected in any way.