Ten Commandments returned after being stolen from church


POSTED: Friday, November 4, 2011 - 4:30pm

UPDATED: Friday, November 4, 2011 - 7:59pm

THIS IS AN NBC33 NEWS UPDATE: 100 pound concrete slabs with the Ten Commandments written on them are back where they should be tonight, at a Denham Springs Church.

They were stolen about a week ago from the First United Methodist Church in Denham Springs, but tonight, they're back, and for the most part in good condition.

Reverend Ginny Allen tells NBC33 News there's a small part broken off. She says the mother of the young kids who stole the commandments brought them back this morning.

We’re told the kids got scared after seeing the story on the news. The reverend says she's glad the commandments are back, and the boys set a good example for other young ones in the area.

ORIGINAL STORY (11-01-11): Police officers from Denham Springs say they're on the lookout for thieves who stole the Ten Commandments from the First United Methodist Church Thursday night.

The Denham Springs Police Department says they got a call late Thursday night from a youth minister at the church, saying the stone tablets that belong in the front of the church went missing.

Church administrators say they won't press charges if the tablets are found, but they say the thieves should've read what they were stealing.

"’Why would someone steal the Ten Commandments?’, and I said, ‘Well obviously, they didn't read them first, because they missed the line about Thou Shall Not Steal’”, stated Assistant Reverend Ginny Allen at the First United Methodist Church.

The DSPD says they need your help to find the thieves. If you have information, please call CrimeStoppers at 344-STOP (7867).

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Thanks to Nicholas Madere! Thanks for the news coverage Tuesday night. "The 10 Commandments" were returned this morning to Tony Angell, Youth Director by the mom of some scared kids.

The left tablet is broken off at the top, but we pray for the kids who stole them, to know God's love and grace. People are more important than things.

We're also grateful for your coverage which prompted the return. Thanks!
Rev. Ginny Allen, Associate Minister

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