Safes, van stolen following Hampton church break-in


HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) – Police are investigating after a church in Hampton was broken into early Tuesday morning.

The burglary happened sometime between Monday afternoon and 5:00 am Tuesday at the Little Zion Baptist Church in the 1800 block of West Queen Street.

The still unknown suspect reportedly forced entry into the church and took two small safes and keys to a church van, a 2005 White Chevrolet van with the church’s name right on the side.

Pastor Reverend Hallie Richardson Jr. showed 10 On Your Side how the thieves cut all of the telephone and security wires outside before forcing their way inside.

“Vengeance is mine sayeth the Lord and I will repay — he’s going to do what he’s going to do but as a person being human and you violated my church and the house of God. I’m a little angry right now,” Richardson said.

He told 10 On Your Side that the thieves also took two boxes of keys and all of the tithing envelopes so they now have the names and addresses of the entire congregation. “Now people are nervous, I’m kind of nervous so I’m like …why would you do this to us?”

Richardson is canceling all events at the church until they can get new locks. “I forgive them, but I’m watching. The Bible says we’ve got to watch as well as pray and I’m watching and my eyes are wide open now.”

No suspect information have been released.

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