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Northwestern Minnesota Church Theft

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  A man and woman are in jail, facing charges for allegedly stealing property from a northwestern Minnesota church.

  The suspects have not been formally charged yet, so their names have not been released.

  It happened at the Melo Lutheran Church, near Angus, Minnesota. It's 30-miles northeast of Grand Forks.

  A church member says the pair were arrested during a traffic stop, after the officer spotted a gold colored cross in their car.

  Shirley Hamrick says a handful of items have already been recovered, including a cross from the church's altar, a statue and the Church's Bible.

  However, Hamrick says many more items are still missing.

Shirley Hamrick, Melo Lutheran Church: "Our advent wreath stand with the candles was taken. Our vacuum cleaner was taken… the big items. And food out of the refrigerator that we were going to have for our Christmas program and a picture of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane."

  Hamrick says even the Church's Christmas tree was stolen, and it was loaded with ornaments. She says some of them were over 50 years old.


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