Unholy crime on the holiest of days

April 11, 2018 06:22 PM

GUILDERLAND - A Guilderland man has been arrested after an investigation into thefts from church members at Lynnwood Reformed Church on Easter Sunday.

Police say 28-year-old Shaun Engle walked into the church, entered a coat room, rifled through some coat pockets and found a set of car keys. They say he then went into the parking lot, got into someone's car and stole some money.

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Police say he also found an unlocked car door and got his hands on someone's credit card.

Engle was arrested a week later after allegedly using the credit card at a local store.

The pastor at the church, Garret Szantner, says when a crime like this occurs, it's not necessarily the material things stolen that troubles him the most – it's the sense of security that people have come to expect when they're inside a house of God.

"It's also Easter Sunday, a day when we celebrate the death of a guy who's – in the face of being wrongly condemned – really peaceful and kind and knows about what he's about," explained Szantner. "I think it's a call to us as Christians to not be controlled by an event like this – which might raise fear, but to know what we're about and respond with peace and kindness and love."

Engle faces grand larceny and petit larceny charges. The pastor says he would like to reach out to him to see if he can help turn his life around.



WNYT Staff

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