Thieves Take Thousands From Buffalo Church

January 26, 2011 Updated Jan 26, 2011 at 8:06 PM EDT

By Jennifer Stanonis

January 26, 2011 Updated Jan 26, 2011 at 8:06 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) -- It's been more than 15 years since the Pentecostal Deliverance Prayer Center on Cornwall Avenue on Buffalo's east side has had a burglary, but the pastor there says that all changed this week. "It just was devastating, when I walk in and seen it in the condition it was in," Pastor O'Dell Foster said. "They broke the window in the front up in the door and broke the lock with a dead bolt lock on there and broke that out."

Buffalo Police say it appears the suspects forced their way into the building sometime between Sunday afternoon and Tuesday afternoon. The pastor noticed the break-in late Tuesday as he arrived for the evening services.

The burglars made off with cash and thousands of dollars worth of items including electronics and part of a drum set. And the pastor says it looked like the thieves were planning to come right back since other items were placed near the front door. "They had the organ up at the front door and some other stuff piled at the front door to come back and get for the second load, but I guess they didn't get to do that," Pastor Foster said.

The church will have services as usual on Thursday and Sunday. Also a new alarm system will be installed in the prayer center by the end of the week.

Anyone with information is asked to call or text the Buffalo Police Confidential tipline at 716-847-2255 or e-mail the department's website at and click the "Report a Tip" tab near the top of the homepage.