Eight year old's four-wheeler stolen in church burglary

Ava Herrell on her four-wheeler. (Jarod Herrell)

Shattered glass, kicked in doors, and destroyed offices were all the result of a burglary Thursday night at Abundant Life Baptist Church in Proctorville, Ohio.

"You just learn to live with it I guess," said Pastor James Kessick.

Kessick said the burglar ransacked his office and several others, stole money he gives to kids as a reward, the keys to every door in the church, and a bright pink four-wheeler from an eight year old girl.

The burglary broke Ava Herrell's heart.

"I started to cry,” Herrell said, “It was Friday after school my dad came and picked me up and I started crying in his truck."

The four-wheeler was parked in the church garage.

Herrell's family works at abundant life and she often rides it after school.

"I loved that four wheeler. It was a birthday gift," Herrell said.

Kessick said they've replaced every lock in the building and added security cameras around the perimeter.

"I don't understand it, but I guess the drugs are just going crazy," he said.

He said it's a shame they need security on hallowed ground.

"I think they're really mean,” Herrell said, “and I hope they get put in jail."

Herrell said justice is the answer.

Kessick says the answer is salvation.

"I'd like to see them get saved,” he said, “Do right. I don't hate them. I hate what they did."

Herrell is asking that whoever took the four-wheeler bring it back to her.

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