Heating Oil Theft Leaves Maryland Church in the Cold

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    News 4's Chris Gordon reports on the theft of hundreds of gallons of heating oil from a church in Brandywine, Md. (Published Wednesday, Dec 4, 2013)

    A church in Prince George's County canceled some events after some cold-hearted crooks left it without heat.

    Heating oil stolen from St. Michael’s Church in Brandywine, Md., will be expensive to replace.

    “I sure hope they need it more than we did to keep people warm, to keep the kids warm,” St. Michael’s Church Pastor Thomas Gude said.

    Three tanks were drained almost empty, so Gude canceled the annual Christmas pot luck dinner in order to conserve the little oil they have left for Tuesday night’s catechism class for the children.

    “This is much more than a financial hurt,” parishioner Jeanine Wilson said. “It has hurt the fellowship of the parish by having to have events cancelled, come into church with coats all wrapped up. It’s a cold feeling.”

    The loss to St. Michael's Church is about $5,000. It’s the second heating oil theft at the church in the past year.

    “We are in need of new windows in the church and we've been trying to raise money for that and now this money would have to go toward oil rather than the money we've been saving up for the church windows,” parishioner Cheryl Kerwin said.