Stolen plaques returned to Fort Worth church

One of two men seen on video stealing memorial plaques has apparently repented and returned them to a Fort Worth church.

Vandals went to the Church of Christ the King & All Saints and in broad daylight threw stones at a statue of Jesus, breaking off the head.

"I think it was someone looking at their circumstances and unfortunately, it's human nature when things go bad, the first person we blame is God," said church member Devan Breedlove.

After the vandalism, Breedlove put up a security camera.

The very next day, two men rode up on bicycles and pried off several memorial plaques. On the third day, one of the men returned, taking more plaques. 

The weight of the brass memorial plaques proved too great a burden for one of the thieves. He called the church.

"So what did he say?" asked FOX 4's Fil Alvarado.

"‘The plaques are hidden behind the Catholic Church. I did not decapitate Jesus,' and then hung up," said Breedlove.

Breedlove believes the vandalism was done by a different person.

Besides the broken statue, playground equipment was turned over and someone started a fire. He believes whoever took the plaques had a genuine change of heart.

"Despite all that metal, he wasn't going to get much for all that," said Breedlove. "Probably less than $20. But I hope it was more that he felt like what he did was wrong and that he had hurt a lot of people."

The church says someone has identified the person as a homeless man. Police are looking for him, and the church says all is forgiven.

"The way this whole incident may have touched this person, that's a step in the right direction," he said.


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