LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – For many churches it goes without saying, the doors are always open.
However, one homeless man’s interpretation of that message landed him in jail the day before Christmas.
Pastor Larry Walker of God’s House of Prayer Church on Hindman Parkway, caught a thief stealing vintage wooden doors from the church Tuesday morning.
“I stopped him and said you can’t steal these doors,” says Pastor Walker. “When I pulled up he was backing in to get the rest of them .”
According to Little Rock Police, the man had already stolen two doors Monday night but needed the money and returned for the other four doors.
“If he hurt me well at least police would be on their way,” explains Walker. ” I don’t know why he didn’t get all of them at once, but maybe the holy spirit wanted me to talk to him.”
Walker says he knew he had to do something but didn’t know what was the best course of action. After calling LRPD he then proceeded to get out of his car to confront the thief.
“I got out of my car and told the man stop,” explains Walker.
The pastor says with a few simple words he was able to convince the thief to stop his criminal actions and not harm him.
“I don’t know you you’re a stranger but I love you, is what i told him,” says Walker.
Police say the man is 53-year-old John Smith who is being held on theft charges.
The two vintage wooden doors cost $1,200 per door and weigh close to 90 pounds.