Police appeal after church theft

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Police in Levenmouth are searching for a thief who stole the collection bowl, collection bags and collection plates from a church during a recent Sunday evening service.

The opportunist theft took place at Methilhill and Denbeath Parish Church on Chemiss Road, Methilhill.

Police say the thief entered the church vestibule during the evening service on January 22.

They then stole the oak collection bowl and plate, collection bags and an ornamental tin plate with a picture of Jesus and a further dark wooden plate.

The collection bags have thankfully since been found nearby, but police officers are seeking any information that will help them recover the other items and identify the culprit.

The Rev Elisabeth Cranfield told the Mail: “We are happy that some of the items stolen have been found nearby, but are particularly upset at losing the collection plates and the ornamental plate that was a gift to the church from a church in south India.”

Fife police inspector, Donald Jenks, said: “This is a particularly upsetting theft that appears to have happened between 6.30pm and 8.30pm during the evening service.

“While the items were not of a particularly high value, they are important to the members of the congregation, and we are keen to receive any information that might help us recover them and identify those responsible.”

Anyone with information should contact the police on 0800 600 5702 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.