Food, medical supplies stolen from Pharr church

A broken projector and food are some of the items that were stolen from the Pharr United Methodist Church.

Panels on doors were found popped open along with broken glass and emptied out containers.

They just made a mess, said Rev. Melanie Monroe. See, they opened that up and spilled everything on the floor."

Monroe said a number of offices at their East Kelly Drive building had been broken into and that they were left with their locks broken.

Vents were removed from the doors and definitely looking like people had gone through desks-file cabinets and that sort of stuff, Monroe said.

From inside the offices, a broken projector was taken and diabetic strips.

Food was missing from the pantry as well.

"This morning staff noticed this missing window, Monroe said. They suspect that whoever broke in took out the window to climb through and steal 10 cases of chicken and six turkeys. This is what we cook for thanksgiving dinner."

Each year, the church collects turkeys and chickens to feed the community during Thanksgiving.

Marvin Lindholm, director of the church TMs food pantry, said they fed over 400 people during the holiday last year.

"It TMs kind of made me mad because we do a lot of scrounging and stuff to get that stuff and buy it, Lindholm said.

Rev. Monroe said her staff has been looking through surveillance tape to see if they were able to capture the invaders on tape.

But they discovered just before 2:15 a.m. that camera was disabled.

"I don't know of anyone who holds anything against us, but I know there are desperate people everywhere, Monroe said. I know there are desperate people everywhere."

The reverend said she believes the suspects were looking for money but they were out of luck.

She said the church doesn't keep cash in the building.

Church staff suspect those that broke into the church could have done it at any time between 7:30 p.m. Monday and 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Pharr Crime Stoppers at (956) 687-8477.