Southwest Philly church victim of keyboard thief

Posted: September 10, 2012

AN ELECTRONIC piano keyboard was stolen from a Southwest Philadelphia church a few days ago, and church members are hoping the community can help them find it.

"We're a poor church, but when it comes to God's music, we try to do the best," the Rev. Paul "Earthquake" Moore, an associate minister of the New Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, at 70th Street and Woodland Avenue, said Sunday. He described the keyboard as "very expensive."

Moore, a well-known anti-violence activist, said his brother, Robert Moore, a maintenance man for the church, discovered the theft on Saturday. He believes that the keyboard, which was in the church sanctuary, was stolen Thursday or Friday. The thief or thieves broke through a basement "double-glass block window" to get inside, he said.

The church has been vandalized a few times over the past year. Once last year, he said, vandals urinated and threw paint on the church floor.

Moore hopes someone will turn in the bandit who stole the keyboard. He asked for pawn shops to be on alert, and for anyone with information to call him at 215-385-2696, or the church at 215-726-4185.


Contact Julie Shaw at 215-854-2592 or shawj@phillynews.com.

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