Small Texas church robbed of $40K of items

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Associated Press

Posted on February 18, 2014 at 8:33 PM

SLIDELL, Texas (AP) — Leaders of a church in a small North Texas town have a message of forgiveness for thieves who stole about $40,000 worth of property.

WFAA-TV (http://bit.ly/1e3zcCF ) reports a sign posted Monday outside First Baptist Church of Slidell (sly-DEL') said: "To Those Who Robbed Us, We Forgive You."

Pastor Bobby Cates says he believes there are desperate people no matter where you live, including Slidell — a town of about 175 people, located 50 miles north of Fort Worth.

Cates last Friday found his church office ransacked and a laptop computer, other electronics and a sound system missing. A church van was stolen, but later recovered.

Nobody has been arrested. The Wise County Sheriff's Office didn't immediately return a message Tuesday.

The church has insurance to cover part of the losses.

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Information from: WFAA-TV, http://www.wfaa.com

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