Archive for March 16th, 2009

Ah, Sunshine Week

This week is Sunshine Week, the annual celebration of much that is theoretically good about the U.S. government big and small. Last year, I celebrated this dubious weeklong holiday by publishing information disclosed or released under either the Freedom of Information Act, or the local Minnesota equivalent, each day of the week.

This week, I won’t be doing that. Sorry.
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Another Church Theft

As you might well be aware, Saint Paul, Minnesota has been experiencing a rash of thefts from and burglaries of churches over the last year or so. Saint Paul is far from the only place experiencing this sort of crime, which is an increasingly common problem across the country.

This became all to apparent this weekend, when a church about a mile outside of town was robbed of pretty much everything they had. That’s not an exaggeration, either – apparently the church doesn’t have its own structure, and holds services once a week at a community center. The rest of the time, all their property – some $50,000 USD worth – resides, or resided, in a trailer, parked behind another, nearby, church.

The trailer was stolen this weekend, and eventually found here in Saint Paul – albeit without the contents.

One of the things that’s been so interesting about the burglaries here in Saint Paul is that none of the stolen merchandise has ever shown up in a pawn shop. One has to wonder how thieves are going to dispose of the thousands of dollars of musical and electrical equipment stolen in Woodbury this weekend – and, for that matter, what’s going to become of the, erm, ecclesiastical hardware that it appears was also taken. (I don’t know for sure, but I imagine the market for, say, thuribles and/or aspergillums is fairly limited.)

I mean, seriously, if it’s not made of precious metal, what are your options? Throw it away, or bury it in the garden for six months, dig it up, and try to sell it to an antique store? I can’t imagine any pawn shop would touch anything like that, even under the best of circumstances. (“Hi, I’m a little short on cash right now, so what can you give me for this aspergillum, these hymnals, and this box of choir robes?”)

Our local crooks might have bitten off more than they can chew, this time…

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