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Local Man Upset Over Church Thefts

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A place of praise and worship.  It's somewhere David Swanson never thought he'd be a victim of theft.

 "I wasn't being naive, but I'm too trusting at times and you're going to be more trusting at church," said Swanson.
 
Swanson says  a few weeks back before services started at the First Congregational Church in Moline, he hung his coat up and set his camera next to it, then headed upstairs to the sanctuary. When services ended, he went to grab his camera and couldn't find it.

"I went to pick up my camera to take pictures of the kids because they didn't have their pictures taken," said Swanson.  "I went to get my camera and the camera wasn't there."
 
Neither was the cash in his wallet or credit card.
 
"I was devastated. I was very upset the first day," said Swanson.
 
Swanson says the thief's timing couldn't have been more perfect.

"It's during the middle of the service. They can get in and out without having anybody see them," said Swanson.

Swanson lost a little less than $5,000 in just minutes. $100 in cash from his wallet, $800 from his credit card, and a $3,500 camera.  He says the loss isn't as big as you'd imagine.
 
"The person needed it more than what I did," said Swanson.  "I've used this as a teaching tool.  You can take a positive spin on anything that ever happens and that's the best way to go. Best way to live."

Swanson says his credit card charges show the money was spent on things like diapers and baby formula.  He says he takes from it all.....very valuable life lessons.

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