Since May over $5,000 of construction supplies sat outside Faith Community Church for the purpose of building more classrooms for children’s ministry, at the end of October the supplies had …
Since May over $5,000 of construction supplies sat outside Faith Community Church for the purpose of building more classrooms for children’s ministry, at the end of October the supplies had been stolen.
According to a Park County Sheriff’s report, 26 sheets of OSB and 166 boards had been stolen. The total estimated value comes in at $5,303. The materials were intended to build new classrooms, a bathroom and an additional coffee area in the church.
Park County Sheriff Scott Steward said that the county has been “dealing with the theft of fuel” and in tough economic times there can be an increase in theft.
Pastor David Seratt said that the materials had been outside since May because at the time approval for a building permit was expected but new regulations pushed the expected approval farther out. Given the waiting time they decided to have materials ready upon approval. Between Oct. 23 and Oct. 26 the materials were stolen from the parking lot close to the highway where they had sat for months. Following the theft the area is now under surveillance.
“People were somewhat alarmed or concerned that someone would do that but so far it has not caused any great heartburn,” Seratt said.
He added the church does not wish ill will on the thief but they would like their materials returned. Seratt said locating the thief is unlikely unless the person comes forward or is overheard discussing the theft.
Currently whether or not Faith Community Church will receive reimbursement from insurance is unclear. Seratt said that he has reached out to the adjuster but has not yet heard back.
Anyone with information related to the theft is encouraged to call the Park County Sheriff’s Office at 307-527-8700.