CRIME: Crime scene.
CRIME: Crime scene.

Thieves burrowed their way through a wall at a Mexborough church before making off with electrical equipment inside.

Intruders are thought to have smashed the wall outside the Mexborough Life Church and Centre on New Oxford Road before removing bricks to create a hole to gain entry.

A church member said they stole two TVs, worth hundreds of pounds each, which are used by school children as part of an entertainment area at a weekly youth cafe.

Church member Margaret Mills, 75, a mum-of-six from Mexborough, said: “It was a little unusual in how they got in.

“I’m not sure if they had hit it with hammers or not, but there was a hole big enough to get someone through.

“The youth cafe is always very well attended and it is very disappointing when things like this happen.

“This is the first time something like this has happened here to my mind. It was a surprise when they found out what had happened, you just don’t expect it to happen.”

Police believe the incident happened sometime between the evening of Sunday, August 10, and Monday, August 11, at 8pm - when a church member discovered the damage.

The stolen TVs are used by members of the Blue Chair Youth Cafe who meet at the church for games and activities on Sundays.

Around 60 school children attend each week to watch TV, play computer games, listen to music and other activities.

The church has since been made secure and the youth cafe is on a summer break until early September.

Anyone with information about the burglary should contact police on 101.