Officials: Thief takes $2K worth of construction tools from Camden County church

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CAMDEN COUNTY, N.C. (WAVY) — Thousands of dollars of tools were reportedly taken from the New Sawyer’s Creek Baptist Church in Camden County, North Carolina. 

According to the Camden County Sheriff’s Office, this happened sometime between 10 p.m. Sunday night and sunrise Monday morning. 

Deputies say a member of the congregation, along with a relative, were volunteering their time and their skill to build a new shed for the church. They finished up work around 10 Sunday evening, locked the tools in the older shed, and went home. 

When the volunteers arrived the following day, police say the lock on the shed was broken and a number of expensive pieces of equipment were missing. The thieves allegedly took nail guns, air compressors, power saws and tool belts, in all worth about $2,000. The thieves also caused an estimated $500 worth of damage. 

Deputies haven’t released the name of the person who owns the tools but they did tell us the tools belong to a hard working man who depends on them to make a living. 

“It’s wrong enough to steal from our community, but there’s a special place for those who steal from a church,” said the sheriff’s office in a Facebook post.

Officials are still working to find those responsible. They’re asking anyone with information to contact the sheriff’s office at 252-338-5046. 

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