Burglar steals keyboard out of Lufkin church

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin police are investigating the burglary of a Lufkin church in which someone stole a keyboard piano Sunday night.

According to a Lufkin police report, an officer was dispatched to St. Thomas Orthodox Church, located at 2112 N. Timberland Drive, in reference to a burglary.

The officer met with church trustee Alexander Koshy, who said he arrived Monday to open the church up for the repairman and noticed the front door was unlocked.

According to Koshy, he knew the door had been locked the day before, after Sunday services had ended.

"I then went to check the back door, by the kitchen, and found that it had been knocked off," said Koshy.

Koshy walked around towards the chapel and saw the keyboard piano was missing. He also found service books thrown on the ground, a locked cabinet broken into, and candle wax melted all over the floor and alter table.

"This is a church," Koshy said. "I believe robbing things out of someone's house or a church is not good. It's no good Christianity."

Instead of letting the robbery shake their spirit, the church has forgiven the assailant and has found a way to still have music at their services this Sunday.

"I know someone that has a keyboard and we will borrow it for a few weeks," Koshy said. "When we get the money, we will buy another one."

If you know the whereabouts of the keyboard or anyone connected to the robbery, you are urged to call Lufkin PD at 936-633-0356.

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