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Thieves steal bricks from Durham church. ‘And we’re a small church,’ says pastor

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A church in Durham will have to wait a bit longer to build its new sanctuary.

Thieves stole most of the bricks that were going to used for the new building, the pastor says.

About three weeks ago three truckloads of bricks were delivered to the lot where the Rev. John Leak wants to build the new True Covenant Missionary Baptist Church.

He hoped having the bricks delivered would inspire his congregation. Instead, it inspired some criminal activity, he said.

Sunday when he drove by to check on the bricks, he said most of them were gone. He told Durham police the missing bricks were worth about $10,000.

“They had to have a big truck,” he said. “It was a lot of bricks.”

Leak showed police the tire tracks the thieves left at the scene, but they told him it might be difficult to find the culprits, he said.

Leak said the church had been planning and saving to build the new sanctuary on Denfield Street in north Durham for almost a decade. Now he doesn’t know how long this will delay construction, he said.

“We’re a small church,” he said. “And there are a lot of members who are poor. This is a setback.”

Joe Johnson is a reporter covering breaking stories for The News & Observer. He most recently covered towns in western Wake County and Chatham County. Before that, he covered high school sports for The Herald-Sun.
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