While the Mission of Seventh Day Adventists (SDA) is still counting their losses, following a major break-in at their Castries office, it has been discovered that the bandits took some US$1,000 and over E$500.
SDA Mission’s Chief Financial Officer, Rose Mary Desir, told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) on Sunday that while the bandits managed to escape with cash, they also ransacked and destroyed several items.
Desir said she was informed of the break-in around 4 a.m. Sunday after an office assistant went to the office to prepare for normal services and discovered that the place had been ransacked.
It was later discovered that a partition to the accountant’s office was broken, a filing cabinet and two doors were damaged, and a cupboard which contained a safe was also destroyed during the break-in.
Desir told SNO that the telephones and computers in the building are not working, because of the damages made to the partition where the connection was fitted.
This is not the first time that the SDA mission office has experienced such an incident. Desir said during the 2016 Easter weekend, bandits also attempted to break into that same office.
The church executive believes that the bandits had an ample amount of time to carry out their illegal act, because there are no residents close to the office and only one church next door.