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Published December 10, 2012, 09:34 PM

Thieves take $1,200 of items from Minnesota church

Angus, MN (WDAY TV) - Thieves played the role of the Grinch in a small church in rural Polk County.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ , WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Angus, MN (WDAY TV) - Thieves played the role of the Grinch in a small church in rural Polk County.

Police say they took several sculptures, Sunday school money, even the Christmas tree from the Melo Lutheran Church in Angus, 25 miles northeast of Grand Forks.

Lowell Hamrick is pointing out where the Melo's Lutheran Church's Christmas tree once stood.

Lowell Hamrick, Church Member : "Our Sunday school kids had decorated it the Sunday before."

The tree is just one of the items stolen from the church last Friday.

Hamrick: "Paper towels, toilet paper, plastic bags.”

Hamrick says the thieves appeared to have scoured the church.

Hamrick: “Every drawer and every cupboard."

Law enforcement may be close to finding those responsible. The Pennington County Sheriff's department recovered some of the stolen items while making two arrests in an unrelated incident.

35 year old Myron Sunram of Thief River Falls and 18 year old Paige Lofberg of New Folden were arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance December 7th at a rural home.

Officers say Sunram had a bag that contained stolen items from the church. Other items were also found in the car belonging to Lofberg. Those items have been returned.

Hamrick : "Picture here and they took those two figurines over on the wall."

A cross and bible also taken have been put back in place, but not all of the items have been recovered.

Hamrick: “A lot of the pictures and dishes and things like that, so there is a lot of sentimental value."

Gaining access to the church was easy for the burglars because the church is never locked.

Hamrick: "Which is something we may have to do."

It's estimated about $1,200 worth of items were taken.