St Mark's senior minister Rev Ben Boardman was frustrated to hear about a break-in at the historic church but feels no ill-will towards the thief.
St Mark’s Anglican Church in Picton was broken into sometime between Friday, February 9 and Sunday 11.
The vestury door was damaged out but otherwise the building was left tidy and undisturbed.
Rev Boardman said only a laptop and charger, worth $200, was stolen.
“The thief didn’t get much out of it and we got off pretty lightly,” he said.
“It means we will have to put in increased security to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”
Rev Boardman said it was “frustrating” to have to spend the money on security equipment but would do it to make sure the church was secure.
“It is sad that someone is so desperate to grab a cheap laptop to probably try and sell so they can buy most-likely drugs,” he said.
“It is sad that they have gotten into that state and don’t know how to get out of it.
“But I don’t lay blame. It is probably part of an addiction. I don’t bear any grudges or anguish towards the person.”
Rev Boardman said he wanted to help people in need by providing money but that was often not the best way to help someone with an addiction.
“As a church we know that usually the best way to help people is to refer them to welfare services,” he said.
It is the third time the church had been broken into since it was closed after the Picton storm in 2016.
Rev Boardman said the church had been previously broken into when it was under refurbishment and could not properly be secured.
“The break-ins happened a couple of times about a year ago,” he said.
“At the time we were installing the technology in the church.
“We think they were waiting for equipment to be laying around on the floor so they could steal it.”
Rev Boardman said he ideally would like to leave the church open for people to visit but unfortunately that was not an option at this stage.
“In an ideal world we would not have to lock our door,” he said.
“I wish it could be an open place that was never locked where people could come to reflect, pray and meditate.”
He said was looking into ways to have the church open more often for the general people.