Salvos theft: Mischief-makers yank cross

THIEVES have stolen a cross from the newly upgraded Salvation Army headquarters in Lawrence Street, Wodonga.

The wooden cross, 1.6 metres high and 1.4 metres wide, was made by Captain Russell Anderson, the officer in charge.

It was bolted to the wall facing Lawrence Street just over six weeks ago.

When worshippers arrived for their Sunday morning service the symbol was gone.

The worship director for the Salvos, Sam McDade, said it was there on Saturday and gone by 8.30am Sunday.

“We will replace it but we are disappointed — it is not the money side of it, it is the act,” Mr McDade said

“We are here to help people and yet there are others that are simply out to cause mischief.

“They have had to climb on the wall to get to the top of the cross and then just yanked it off the bottom bracket.

“Having something like this stolen is the last thing you think of when you put it up.

“We just want our cross back or, if you know who did, it tell the police.”

The $1 million make-over of the offices and chapel was opened early in December.

It included more facilities for support services helping needy people.

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