SLIDELL, Texas (AP) - Leaders of a church in a small North Texas town have a message of forgiveness for thieves who stole about $40,000 worth of property.
WFAA-TV is reporting a sign posted Monday outside First Baptist Church of Slidell (sly-DEL') said: "To Those Who Robbed Us, We Forgive You."
Pastor Bobby Cates says he believes there are desperate people no matter where you live, including Slidell - a town of about 175 people, located 50 miles north of Fort Worth.
Cates last Friday found his church office ransacked and a laptop computer, other electronics and a sound system missing. A church van was stolen, but later recovered.
Nobody has been arrested. The Wise County Sheriff's Office didn't immediately return a message Tuesday.
The church has insurance to cover part of the losses.