Sick thieves raid Pais­ley church dur­ing ser­vice

Lap­top and bag stolen

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page - David Camp­bell

Cops are hunt­ing cal­lous crooks who raided a Pais­ley church in the mid­dle of a ser­vice.

Yobs stole a church lap­top and other items as un­sus­pect­ing wor­ship­pers gath­ered in the pews of St Matthew’s Church.

A 56-year-old church chap­lin left his back­pack in the vestry at around 6.30pm on Sun­day and re­turned the fol­low­ing the evening ser­vice to find it miss­ing.

Po­lice say a num­ber of sen­ti­men­tal items were taken dur­ing the sneak-in theft at Gor­don Street, which the owner is now des­per­ate to have re­turned.

A lap­top com­puter be­long­ing to the church was also taken dur­ing the theft.

The cruel in­ci­dent was only re­ported to the po­lice on Thurs­day, and of­fi­cers have now launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion to trace the louts re­spon­si­ble.

In­spec­tor Tracy Harkins, from Pais­ley’s com­mu­nity polic­ing team, ap­pealed for wit­nesses to the shock­ing in­ci­dent to con­tact po­lice.

She said: “A back­pack, lap­top and other sen­ti­men­tal items be­long­ing to the 56- year- old male chap­lin of the St Matthew’s Church in Gor­don Street, Pais­ley, were stolen dur­ing a ser­vice on Sun­day night.

“A lap­top com­puter be­long­ing to the church was also taken.

“The items had been stored in the church vestry dur­ing a ser­vice and when it ended, the theft was dis­cov­ered.

“The in­ci­dent was sub­se­quently re­ported to the po­lice.

“This is de­spi­ca­ble crime, which in­volved sneak­ing into the church while peo­ple were wor­ship­ping and tak­ing items of prop­erty with both sen­ti­men­tal and mon­e­tary value.

“If you saw any­one act­ing sus­pi­ciously near to St Matthew’s Church in Gor­don Street be­tween 6.30pm and 7.50pm on Sun­day evening then I would urge you to get in touch.

“If you saw any­one leav­ing car­ry­ing a back pack or lap­top bag then we would like to hear from you.”

If you have any in­for­ma­tion, you should con­tact po­lice on 101, or Crimestop­pers, anony­mously, on 0800 555 111.

Tar­geted St Matthew’s Church in Pais­ley

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