Burglars take $7,600 in electronics from Fordham Heights church, defecate in foyer
A church in Fordham Heights was burglarized just after midnight on Tuesday, according to police.
Creston Avenue Church board member Omeka Osefiana says they are working to rebuild, with the community’s help. Police say $7,600 in electronics was stolen. They say a couple of people broke into the back door and several locked rooms around 12:30 a.m.
Osefiana says they stole audio equipment and speakers, as well as eight computers. He says it also looked like they tried to break into the church’s safe.
"You just feel violated, it feels like someone broke into your home,” said Osefiana.
The lifelong church member also said the intruders violated the sacred place. "They actually defecated in the foyer, which was an ungodly sight,” said Osefiana.
The church has launched a GoFundMe to pay for the stolen items and property damages.
Osefiana says the church is hurting financially without regular support due to the coronavirus.
The church also runs a food pantry three days a week that he says had to close for the first time in years because of the incident.
The church was supposed to open back up for Sunday service beginning the first weekend of August, but now that is on hold.