Church damaged during break-in
A THEFT at a Glenfinnan church has left damage that could cost more than £200 to fix.
At St Mary’s and St Finnan’s church on Monday August 31 one bottle of communion wine was stolen from the sacristy.
The theft is thought to have taken place sometime between 10am and 7pm, but is believed to have most likely happened in the afternoon.
During the break-in, the door of the tabernacle, where blessed sacrament in the form of communion wine is kept, was forced open and a padlock broken for thieves to get to the bottle.
Father Tony Wood said: ‘ The church is open every day of the summer and there is a constant flow of people throughout the day. This is a very rare occurrence.’
Despite searching for the coded padlock that kept the wine secure from the public, Father Wood and his colleagues have not found it.
He added: ‘I think that the lock was most likely broken off in the theft. This is particularly troubling for the parishioners, but the police have taken fingerprints, so we hope something comes back from that.’
The tabernacle was restored just two years ago and will have to be sent for further refurbishment.
People with information in connection with the theft are encouraged to contact police on 101.