A church in Millville that suffered extreme devastation after a fire in December is trying to rebuild, now thieves went into the still standing church annex and tore the place apart and stole almost everything of value.
The educational complex portion of the church was left relatively untouched after the fire, but now it looks like a tornado went through it. Wires hang from the ceiling, debris is everywhere, when the thieves came in they damaged just about everything in their paths.
"It's just a total mess. I mean everything that was good is destroyed," Congregation member Willie McRae said.
Officials say copper thieves came in possibly more than once sometime in the last week and went to work.
"Anything that was worth anything, they took," McRae said.
Heaters, circulatory pumps, the list goes on. They cut hundreds of wires from the ceiling through out the building.
"It wasn't kids. Kids had nothing to do with this," McRae said.
The church's pastor says the space was going to be used as a youth center, he says when he walked in Tuesday morning it was like getting punched in the stomach.
"I just wish they would become educated in their thoughts and just realize that when these kinds of things happened you are not helping to build community you are actually helping to destroy community," Pastor David Ennis said.
Millville Police are investigating this crime, as for the church their initial estimate to fix everything is about $200,000. Officials say if you have any information your asked to call police.