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Thieves ransack Mass. church, steal "everything but the pews," parishoners say

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(CBS/AP) SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - A longtime member of a Springfield, Mass. church says thieves have ransacked the house of worship, taking "everything but the pews."

Bernadine Smith says the thieves entered the Holy Temple Church of God in Christ in Springfield sometime last week and snatched an organ, communion dishes, the PA system, microphone stands, furniture, silverware and other items. She estimates a loss of $150,000.

Police Sgt. John Delaney said somebody used a key to enter the church between Aug. 20 and Aug. 22.

The 80-year-old congregation has been at its present Bay Street location since 1965.

The church has insurance to cover the stolen items, but those documents may have also been stolen, Smith tells The Republican. 

 Everything was stolen, she said, except for "the pews and a couple of chairs out of the pulpit."

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