'Grinch' thefts at Doningtion church could see CCTV installed
‘Grinches’ who stole Christmas lights from a church before they could be put on its trees may be to blame for a series of thefts.
Donington’s Church of St Mary and the Holy Rood and the church hall have been hit several times over the last few weeks.
Now church officials are considering installing CCTV cameras in a bid to stop the pilfering.
Parochial church council treasurer Jane Pearson said: “A few weeks ago the church hall was broken into and all the food stock from the cupboards was taken, except for the tea. The stock of toilet rolls was also taken.
“The church committee replaced all the locks - only for one of the doors to be jemmied open again last weekend and all the replacement food stock and toilet rolls have again been taken.
“The tea was again left behind - so was it the same people?
“Across the road in the church some mean thieves have been in on several occasions and done their best to spoil things for the many visitors - firstly taking all the church’s Christmas tree lights before they could even be put on the trees in December and also the large icicle decorations for the big tree.
“Since then there has been a steady stream of pilfering - batteries out of a light set, a charity box, some decorations from around the bottom of the Scrabble Club Christmas Tree and the donations in other charity boxes.
“It seems the church will have to consider very carefully what can be provided in future - although we should always try to be there for whenever anyone wants a quiet moment.
“We must not let these very low actions spoil things for the many - if anyone does feel guilty and wants to return the items, the church will always be there.”
Dedicated volunteers decorated the church for the Christmas services but Jane says the thefts took “some of the shine off the celebrations”.
Jane says St Mary and the Holy Rood Church is not “wealthy” and is only kept going through local fundraising events, collections and generous donations from residents.
She said: “We raise funds so the church is here not only for the regular services but for the joyous family occasions, weddings and baptisms, and also - sadly - the funerals.”