Cuba, Ala. Sumter County authorities are looking for those responsible for burglarizing Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Cuba.
Pastor Willie Lee Harrison says he was standing at the entrance to the fellowship hall when he noticed something wasn't quite right. He tells us trash was spread all over the ground outside of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church's fellowship hall.
"So, we searched the grounds to see where the trail came from, an empty can or anything, and we found that a window in the back of the fellowship hall had been broken and there had been an entrance made," Pastor Harrison explains.
Burglars broke the back window in order to make their way inside of the fellowship hall. A wooden table was broken as the suspects gained entry. Once inside, the pastor says they took multiple items from the kitchen, including pots and pans, communion trays, and even the refrigerator.
"Whatever the reason was, people have a reason to do what they do," Harrison feels. "We just thank God it was not more than what it was. They did not enter the sanctuary. All they did was violate our fellowship hall."
An insurance adjuster will be visiting the church in the coming days to help begin the process of replacing the stolen items. At the same time, the church will also be stepping up its security efforts to keep this from happening again.
"Make sure it doesn't happen again, but if it does happen again, the appropriate steps have been taken," Harrison points out.
If you have any information about this case, please call the Sumter County Sheriff's Office at 205-652-2848. Sheriff Tyrone Clark is also asking for the community to be on the lookout for suspicious activity.