Members of the Virgin Mary Orthodox Church in Ngecha, Kiambu County, are counting their losses after a gang of robbers broke into their church and stole a copper-made bell weighing 500kg.
The church’s leadership led by the Organising Secretary James Warari said they got details of the break-in last week and were forced to report the matter at Ngecha police station.
“We were informed that there had been an incident at the church and when we got there we confirmed that indeed, thieves had broken down the doors at the church and stolen the church bell,” Warari told the Standard.
Faithful have now urged the local administration and police to take action to bring the perpetrators to justice. They have also urged the government to provide security for churches following the ban on religious gatherings in the counties of Kiambu, Nairobi, Machakos, Kajiado and Nakuru.
“This is not the first time the thieves are targeting our church; the youth should look for other avenues to make money not crime” Warari added.
According to Warari last month a gang broke into the church and stole 10 altar wines and other valuables.