Moore County man accused of stealing money from church
Posted May 31, 2011
Updated June 22, 2011
Aberdeen, N.C. — A Moore County man is accused of trying to steal money from a local church.
Deputies say Guy Reeve Jr., 29, of 716 North Chapin St. in Aberdeen, broke into Roseland United Methodist Church on Monday.
Reeve is accused of breaking a stained glass window in the sanctuary and stealing a jar of money and some food. Another window at the church was also damaged.
All of the stolen items have been returned.
Reeve is charged with two counts each of breaking and entering a place of worship, larceny after breaking and entering and possession of stolen property.
He was being held under a $5,000 bond in the Moore County jail on Tuesday.
In a letter to WRAL News, Roseland United Methodist Church Rev. Nancy Willard said the money, which was originally reported as being for tornado victims, was "loose change" that children often bring for offerings on Sundays. She said the food was left over from recent dinners at the church.
Willard said Reeve is a "valued member of our community and his family is beloved by our congregation." She said the church is committed to forgiveness and will do what it can to support Reeve and his family.
"We have supported Sgt. Reeve during his deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan and have just recently celebrated his safe return from war. We do not excuse his actions, but we will continue to offer him love and support in spite of these actions," Willard wrote.