Burglars hit Lowcountry churches, take $1,000 in food items

Church member Jonathan Myers shows the damage to a church van.

Church members tell NEWS 3 a Lowcountry burglar took food from the hungry when he took a trailer with $1,000 of food meant for a Huspah Baptist Church ministry on July 11 and 12.

A man is caught on surveillance camera burglarizing the Yemassee church, Family Worship Center; investigators say he took tools from storage sheds. Then, they say the same suspect took the trailer with food from Huspah Baptist in Sheldon. They’re still searching for him.

“How low could you be, I mean, how low could you be…from the church?” member Jonathan Myers remarked.

There’s still damage to the church van.

“They busted the gear shift…you can see they smashed the glass there,” Myers said.

Myers is still in disbelief. The suspect took the trailer attached to the van.

“I mean, it’s ridiculous. I came in the next morning because we deliver on Tuesday and come in on Wednesday…and I look over here and I didn’t see the trailer and I said, ‘What’s going on here!'” he said.

“I knew it was something wrong as soon as I hit the gate. They took out the food that they didn’t want. It was the pastries, and they dumped it out here and the rest of the food they took in the trailer,” Myers said.

Church staff believe the suspect targeted the trailer, but took much more. They say it was canned goods taken along with the trailer. The food goes out for delivery to about 100 people in the area who are less fortunate and cannot always afford to grocery shop on their own.

Church surveillance cameras took the photos seen of the suspect. Investigators say it’s a white man in his 40’s or 50’s, driving a pick-up truck.

“It’s not the routine to have churches broken into. It takes a certain individual to do something like that. We’re talking about food that was there for the church, and we’re talking about tools that a maintenance worker needed to get his job done,” Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office Captain Bob Bromage said.

Myers hopes the man can be arrested.

“We got all kinds in the world…I mean that’s cold-hearted. You know what I’m saying? These are people that are hardly making it, you know. A lot of them actually depend on this,” he says.

If you recognize the man in the picture, investigators want you to call CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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