DETECTIVES have hit out at a cold-hearted thief who broke into the rectory of St Petroc's Church in Bodmin and stole property belonging to the Reverend Canon Graham Minors.
The burglary happened on Friday evening between 6.30pm and 9pm, when Mr Minors and his wife were both in church.
The thief stole a white iPad Air, in a red leather case, and a silver 13in Apple MacBook Air from the sitting room and kitchen. The two items had a total value of £1,600.
Detective Constable Ian Jolliff is in charge of investigating the break-in.
"This is a crime committed against the Reverend and the church," he said.
"All crimes have a serious impact on victims and the community, but you seriously have to question the morals of somebody wishing to steal from a location which offers so many people hope and support."
Mr Minors said the equipment was for church use, and he was upset that someone would enter the rectory with the aim of stealing from him.
"My door is always open to welcome anyone at all," he said.
"No one's ever turned away, whether they just want to chat about something or drop by for a cup of tea, and despite what's happened that isn't going to change. It's just very upsetting and a great shame that someone felt it necessary to steal these items."
Mr Minors praised the three police officers who attended.
DC Jolliff said he hoped publicity about the burglary would lead to someone coming forward to assist in identifying the thief and recovering the stolen property.
Bodmin CID is asking anyone with information to call 101, quoting crime reference number BB/13/1966.