Church dam­aged dur­ing break-in

The Oban Times - - News -

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.

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