South Side Catholic Church reports sixth burglary in four months after golf cart and lawn equipment theft


The reverend of a Catholic church on the south side calls for police surveillance in the area after the theft of a golf cart and lawn equipment.

The priest of a church on the south side asks the police for help.

This weekend, a golf cart and lawn equipment were stolen from St. Bonaventure Catholic Church off Palo Alto Road, off I-35.

The pastor tells KENS 5 that they have reported six burglaries at the church in the past four months.

On Saturday morning, they found the lock on that trailer cut off and the door open with the golf cart, pressure washer and lawn equipment missing.

Reverend Jean-Oscar Nlandu is worried after multiple burglaries in his church.

“It is so painful for me because the Church of Saint-Bonaventure has become an easy target,” said Reverend Nlandu.

Between the doors, locked every night, and the security cameras around the property, they tried to do what they could.

“It’s horrible. I haven’t slept in all these months because I watch until 1 o’clock but that doesn’t help”

This weekend, a weedkiller, a pressure washer and a golf cart went missing from a trailer behind the main shrine building.

At the north end of the property, a locked door was broken into.

In two of the incidents, Rev. Nlandu said the catalytic converter in his car parked in a carport was stolen. The burglars also removed the catalytic converter from the vehicle a parishioner loaned to Rev. Nlandu.

“Right now I don’t have any cars, nothing at all, so the police say they are aware of it,” he said.

Reverend Nlandu wants the San Antonio Police Department to step up patrols in the area.

“It’s disappointing and scary because we have a huge property, there’s no way we can really take care of it properly,” he said.

Reverend Nlandu, though frustrated, wants to forgive those responsible.

“It’s a question of moral responsibility, it’s wrong, it’s not the right thing to do,” he adds.

According to the San Antonio Police Department, 16 9-1-1 calls were made to SAPD. Although in each incident no suspect description was available.

A spokesperson for SAPD told KENS 5 that its SAFFE (San Antonio Fear Free Environment) unit was aware of the incidents and would follow up with the church.

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