HEARTLESS thieves targeted a church in Milngavie TWICE in just over a week when they stole lead from the roof and then came back for more.
It will cost at least £7,500 to repair the damage to the bell tower on the roof of St Paul’s Church on Strathblane Road.
A cover was placed over the roof to protect it from the snow after the first theft happened on Monday, February 11 but the culprits RETURNED to steal more some time during the night on Tuesday, February 19.
Lead worth about £2,500 was also stolen from the church roof at the rear of the building 18 months ago.
Graham Getty, the fabric convener at the church, said: “The fact that this has happened twice in nine days is particularly galling.
“They knew there was more lead there to take and they came back for it - much to my disgust.
“There should be no-one working on the roof of the church after business hours or at weekends.
“I would ask members of the public to be vigilant and not to hesitate to phone the police if they have any doubts about any persons or vehicles in the vicinity.
“This situation cannot be allowed to continue.”
The minister, Rev Fergus Buchanan, said: “Something like this comes out of church resources which could be used in more useful ways - it’s very frustrating.
“It’s something we could do without but unfortunately this seems to be an ongoing problem.
“Sadly it’s not just us who are being affected by crimes like this.
“Lead has been stolen from other churches in the area.
“Lead stripping seems to be in vogue at the moment - obviously someone is willing to buy it from these criminals.
“Sadly it’s the members of our congregation who end up being out of pocket.”
Constable Christopher Moran from Kirkintilloch police office, said: “Any witnesses to this crime would be much appreciated.
“If you saw anything suspicious or perhaps a vehicle which was unusual please contact us.”
If you have information about these thefts contact Milngavie police office on 0141 532 4000 or to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.