A Tennessee pastor’s home was burglarized while he was preaching Palm Sunday services this Sunday morning.
A joyous Palm Sunday was cut shot when Pastor B.G. Brooks’ daughter, Stephanie Brooks, came home to find that thieves had taken an entire safe, filled with money, jewelry and expensive guns, from their home while they were gone.
“Over $100,000 worth of jewelry. He doesn’t buy little rings cause his hands so big, very beautiful jewelry,” said Stephanie Brooks. “The first thing I do when I come up, I go to my mom and them’s room because of the safe, because it’s been stolen before. So, there’s not one in there. It’s gone.”
While the Fayette County Sheriff’s investigator has made no comment other than to say that they were looking into the case, the sloppy evidence of handprints and drag marks will surely lead to an identification soon.
Neighbor Calvin Watkins has a few ideas of his own concerning clues to the identity of the thieves, most tellingly, the fact that there were likely several needed in order to lift the safe.
“A safe weighs a ton,” he said. “So, it had to have been at least about four or five guys — and they were young guys because I don’t believe an older guy would do this.”
He also noted that the thieves had given themselves away in disarming the home alarm. “They had to run immediately to that alarm,” Watkins said. “That one or that one, in the bedroom or the one out the side door, to know the code and go ahead and reset it then.”
Stephanie Brooks said that this was the second time in three years they had been robbed, though the stolen goods were not recovered the first time because they had been burnt up as the robbers tried to use fire to get into the safe.
In the meantime, Pastor Brooks has remained positive, focusing on the spiritual rather than the material.
“He’s a man of God, and he’s like, God will provide,” Watkins said. “If something gets taken away from me the Lord will bring it back.”