A burglar broke into an Orangeburg church on Sunday, March 31, just a couple of hours after a community meeting took place there.
Edisto Drive Church of God pastor the Rev. Donald Oliver called deputies at 10:24 p.m. to report that someone kicked open the side door and removed a 55-inch black Samsung television and its stand.
The church, located at 1400 Baxter St., hosted a meeting of the Edisto Drive Neighborhood Association just a couple of hours prior to the burglary, Oliver said during an interview this week.
Oliver said a church neighbor called him to report that it appeared that someone kicked in the side door.
He noted that he’s thankful to see that the Edisto Drive Neighborhood Association is working as it should, but it was unfortunate that the church lost a tool that it uses in ministry.
The television and stand are valued at $1,300.
Oliver and his parishioners remain thankful to God and in good spirits, despite the burglary.
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“We’re using this momentum to push the community to come together and be encouraged,” he said.
Oliver urges more residents along Edisto Drive to be part of the Edisto Drive Neighborhood Association.
To receive more information about the association, contact 803-997-0267 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In other reports from the sheriff’s office:
• A Springfield man escorted his friend to the hospital. When he returned to his McKinley Road home at 1:45 a.m. Thursday, he discovered that someone burglarized his residence.
The man reported the following items were stolen: a 40-inch television, a Sony PlayStation4 with two controllers and five Sony PlayStation video games.
The items are valued at $2,130.
• A Stilton Road woman called deputies to her home at 4:37 a.m. Friday after hearing a loud “bang” and footsteps around her back window. When she looked out, she saw that her window was slightly raised and determined someone was trying to break into her home.
Deputies noticed damage to the woman’s window and roof.