Century-Old Documents Stolen from Chaska Church

Updated: 08/01/2014 10:42 PM
Created: 08/01/2014 8:54 PM
By: Todd Wilson

A safe containing 100-year-old documents was stolen from the Chaska Moravian Church and an anonymous donor is offering a reward for their return.

Reverend Michael Eder walked KSTP through the building, describing the burglary, on Friday.

"Came in through here, came down the stairs," Eder said.

He says the burglars broke through a vent on the church's office door and stole their safe. In the eight years he's been serving this parish, the safe has never been locked.

"What was in the safe were our church records. And records are important to the church because a lot of people might need baptism records, might need wedding records," he said.   

Eder says the Moravian Church is very much into their history. The stolen book, volume three, dates back to 1902. Two other volumes of records are stored in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

"The most recent record in it is the baptism that I did three weeks ago," he said.

The Chaska Police Department is investigating the incident. But an anonymous donor is offering one thousand dollars for the safe return of the records.

"Most rewards are predicated by arrest and conviction, there's none of that, it's just bring the documents back we'll give you a thousand dollars," he said.

Eder says, coincidentally, the safe was locked when it was stolen. He says to whoever stole it, getting it open won't be a problem.

"We posted the combination on our Facebook site so that whoever has it can get it open," Eder said.


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