Church uses sign to encourage return of stolen mower

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By Jeff D'Alessio

Near the intersection of Ky. 86 and Ky. 1375, sits a large piece of wood listing the Ten Commandments.


Just a few feet away, a marquee reads “Bring our lawnmower back.” Someone broke Commandment No. 8: Thou shalt not steal.

A White riding lawnmower was taken from beside a building that once housed a family and served as a worship space, until a fire May 29, for the small congregation of Franklin Crossroads United Christian Church.

The sign in front of the charred building is meant to spur the recovery effort.

The lawnmower was stolen about a week ago, said Dave Riddle, who lived there with his wife and daughter when the building was struck by lightning, igniting a fire. About 75 percent of the church and building suffered damage.

“Thieves rolled in one night and rolled out with the lawn tractor,” Riddle said. “We had it parked at the end of the building and somebody pulled up and left with it.”

The building at one time housed Franklin Crossroads Baptist Church and Bethel Full Gospel Church.

Riddle, pastor of Franklin Crossroads United Christian Church, said he was told by Kentucky State Police the mower hasn’t turned up at any of the area recycling locations, so the search continues.

While it is not a new mower, it did serve a purpose. And it wasn’t outside for just anyone to take, he said.

“I couldn’t believe it,” Riddle said.

He said the grass needs to be cut. He hopes the mower turns up soon or he will need to find a replacement.

Jeff D’Alessio can be reached at 270-505-1757 or jdalessio@thenewsenterprise.com.