When Johnny Anderson and two accomplices saw churchgoers filing into Israel of God’s Church on the West Side two weeks ago, they were struck with an idea, police said Monday: Let’s rob the church.
Anderson is accused of doing just that, interrupting a rollicking Wednesday night service by putting his gun to a man’s head, firing a shot into the ceiling and threatening to shoot children if churchgoers didn’t hand over their valuables.
“It was an opportunistic time for them to commit this robbery,” said Steve Peterson, commander of Harrison Area detectives. “As far as we know, there was no planning.”
Aside from being dumb enough to get caught, these guys were actually thinking quick on their feet. At any given time, particularly Sunday, the church’s coffers are a freaking jackpot. What with all that plate passing and building fund donating, it’s a wonder more churches aren’t hit up on a regular basis.