Columbus Ministry Suffers 4 Burglaries In 6 Months


UPDATED: Friday December 7, 2012 6:15 PM

A local ministry that gives to help the needy has been burglarized four times in the last six months.

The latest was when a suspect cut a hold into the wall to gain access to the Inner City Ministries in the 800 block of Sullivant Avenue.

The pastor of Inner City Ministries said their motto is “Freely we get, freely we give.”

“It just kind of blows my mind here we are we give everything away we don't sell anything we give it all away, and this is what they do. They just come in, I don't know, I don't know why,” said Pastor Brian Humphrey.

Humphrey said he’s frustrated and out of answers after learning that thieves broke through a wall and stole donated goods for the needy.

“They took some little bottles of shampoo and little bottles of conditioner and a couple of old blankets that we would have just freely gave them. So I don't understand why they did it,” added Humphrey.

If that wasn't enough, Humphrey said just two weeks ago, he came to work in the morning only to find his air conditioning unit had been completely gutted, copper wiring and all.

“On a good day they might have gotten $20 out of it for what they took. It would probably cost us $2,000 to fix,” he said.

Humphrey took over the Inner City Ministries six months ago and in that time, thieves have repeatedly stolen from him. He said that although they stole all of his copper piping, two AC units, and valuable donations; his faith is the one thing no one can take.

“People ask me all the time, why do you keep going back down there, I mean you've been hit four times in six months why. And I say, well it's not for the ones doing it, it's for the ones that aren't. For every bad person there is, there's 100 that need help and that's what we're here for,” said Humphrey.

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