Idaho farmer finds stolen church items ditched on his farm


An Idaho farmer burning weeds in his ditch recently made an unexpected discovery when he found several religious items stolen from a local church.

The farmer found the candles, candlesticks, a large brass cross, communion trays, and one of four missing speaker boxes under a tree in the ditch. The items are believed to be stolen property from the First Evangelical Lutheran Church.

In early March, the First Evangelical Lutheran Church located at the corner of Sunnyside Rd & Rollandet Ave was vandalized and approximately $10,000-$12,000 worth of property was stolen. The vandals damaged several religious items. Six internal windows were broken and one outside window was also broken.

The items stolen from the church are very unique, some of which include:

  • A baptismal candle and stand (also called a paschal candle) with blue ribbons on it, which is between 3-4 feet tall
  • Communion trays (silver), which are used to serve communion to the congregation
  • A brass cross, approximately one foot tall
  • Fabric banners, known as liturgical paraments, which are used to adorn lecterns and altars
  • The banners were purple, to represent the Lent season and had religious designs on them.
  • Professional audio equipment valued at approximately $8,000-$10,000.

Police are still looking for the remaining audio speakers, speaker stands, paraments, large candlestick, and host boxes.

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