Church taking donations following robbery

Copper pipes, soup pots and more were stolen from Crescentville United Methodist Church.

A local church is raising donations after being broken into and robbed two weeks ago.

Sue Snyder entered Crescentville United Methodist Church located on the 400 block of Sentner Street and noticed a brass lamp was gone, with the lampshade remaining on the floor. She was suspicious but didn’t think much of it, until she realized it wasn’t the only thing missing from the church.

“I went downstairs and saw the pastor in the kitchen, and we realized there was no water in the building,” she said. “At that point we saw the back doors were open, and then we saw pipes were gone along the wall.”

The thieves had broken into the church on the night of either May 21 or 22, making off with the pipes as well as industrial aluminum soup pots the church used to cook for flea markets and fundraisers. The pipes had been stolen from the heating rooms, meaning there is no heat in the church.

The thieves also made off with tea kettles, brass door handles that left the doors damaged, a small vase, and charity boxes with some cash.

Service was still scheduled to happen last Sunday thanks to the warmer weather not requiring heat.

The stolen metal goods were most likely scrapped.

“The sad thing is, for maybe a couple hundred dollars in profit, they cause thousands in damage,” said Rich Snyder, Sue’s husband.

The Snyders gave credit to the community, who they said stepped forward with donations and offers to clean and help. The church prides itself on its diverse congregation.

The church is looking for soup pots to replace the stolen ones, so it can continue hosting soup and studies and other similar events. They are holding a Pots and Pipes campaign to raise money for repairs and for a new security system.

Those who wish to donate can mail a check to 412 E. Sentner St. The check should be made payable to Crescentville UMC and indicate it is for the Pots and Pipes campaign. The church encourages people to include return addresses and any prayer requests so they can be properly thanked.

The soup pots were 30- to 40-quart aluminum pots.

“We hope that other churches see what happened to us,” Sue said. “These kinds of things happen at churches because no one is there at night.”

The church is still looking forward. Snyder highlighted that the annual music and summer drama camp would run July 15 to 20, with a performance on July 22.

The church has been a community fixture for 98 years.

For more information or to donate, call 215–745–7115 or crescentvilleumc.com.