A SAFE that was stolen from a Prestatyn church at Christmas time during a “terrible robbery” has been found.
Thieves broke into the Church of the Holy Spirit, on Victoria road, over the festive period and made off with its safe by dragging it across the building’s newly-restored floor, causing major damage.
Rev Quentin Bellamy, vicar of Prestatyn, said Police knocked on his door last Friday with news of the located safe.
The steel box was found without its contents, which had included communion plates, cups and other items of value, near Bishopwoods Road at the top of Prestatyn.
Mr Bellamy said: “A huge amount of damage was done to the building during the break-in. The safe, which was stolen, was cut off its steel legs which were bolted into the floor. It was a terribly robbery. It has cost us nearly £1400 to replace the door.
“I would like to quote Pope Francis, who, speaking a couple of days ago to victims of organised crime, said: ‘This life that you live now won't give you pleasure. It won't give you joy or happiness. There's still time not to end up in hell, which is what awaits you if you continue on this path. Repent.’
"The safe was found in long grass and it is not useful now. We will get new items, but the congregation were perfectly happy with what they already had.”
North Wales Police that inquiries into the burglary were continuing.
A Police spokesperson said: “On Friday afternoon, March 21, we received a report that a safe had be found by a member of the public in the Bishopswood Road area. The safe is believed to belong to the Church of the Holy Spirit, Prestatyn.”
Anyone who has information about the burglary or the safe should telephone PC 2891 Morris or her colleagues on 101 quoting reference number RC13210918.