Last Sunday, members of Church on the Rock on Constant Spring Road, St Andrew, were left startled when they discovered that thieves had broken onto the church grounds and stole their two coaster buses.
“They cut the locks and chains on the church gate, and they came in. The security guard was here, but he reported that he never saw or heard anything,” Apostle Franz Fletcher, who heads the church said.
“I was startled because we have never had a problem in all our 32 years of existence at this spot here. The truth is that we are in the last days now, and the scripture warned us that evil is going to wax worse and worse,” Fletcher said.
The matter was reported to the police who acted swiftly and were able to recover the buses on Tuesday morning. However, that was not before the culprits scrapped one of them down to the seats.
An officer at the Corporate Communications Unit said the buses were recovered in two different locations in August Town, St Andrew. The remains of the scrapped bus were found close to the community centre, while the other bus, which was stripped of its license plate and the church name, was found near an abandoned building on Escarpment Road.
Fletcher said he is advising the culprits to seek forgiveness from God.
"Bus can make over back again, but a soul that is cut off from God is a dangerous thing. There is really no hope for that person.”
The loss of the buses come as an inconvenience to the church as many persons depend on them to be transported to and from the church.
Nonetheless alternate transportation arrangements have been made.