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Church pastor 'heartbroken' over theft arrests

Posted at: 01/24/2013 5:54 PM
Updated at: 01/24/2013 6:04 PM
By: Beth Wurtmann

ALBANY - Music has been at the heart of the Powerhouse City of Deliverance Church, which prides itself on drawing young people off the streets to play in the band.

But now that police have charged two band members with stealing most of the instruments and equipment Sunday night, Pastor Evan Majors said he's distraught.

"I'm heartbroken. I'm upset. I'm really not angry. I'm upset," said Majors.

22-year-old Joshua Berrien and 26-year-old Joseph Rochford, both of Albany, stand accused in the thefts. The equipment was valued at more than 20,000 dollars, according to Majors.

"They've been charged with grand larceny 3rd, burglary 3rd and one party's been charged with criminal possession of stolen property, because he was in position of the items," said Steve Smith, Albany Police Spokesman.

Police said they recovered all the stolen goods, which will be in evidence as the case proceeds.

Since the incident, donations including a drum set and key board have come in from the community. Thursday, Gary Siegel dropped off a P.A. system, after being saddened by news reports of the crime.

"It's deplorable it happens all the time, but if I can do something to assist, I'm happy to do so," Siegel said.

Pastor Evan said if Berrian and Rochford are convicted, he doesn't want them to pay the price, behind bars.

"I'm like their father, their spiritual father so it hurts me like one of my children I would not want to see one of my children to go to jail because I look at them as my children," Majors said.