Gaston, SC (Paul Kirby) – Recently, thieves broke into several trailers that are used to store the props and other items needed to produce the annual passion play Jesus Is His Name. The trailers full of essential materials, were parked in a storage area in the Gaston community. Now, the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department and the producers of the play hope that someone in the public can identify the individuals caught in these photographs and help bring them to justice.
Jesus is His Name is a play detailing the life and times of Jesus Christ. Each year, thousands attend this free ministry that is put on during several weekends in December. It is held at the equestrian arena in South Congaree. All the people who produce and act in the play are volunteers, and the props and colorful costumes are an integral part of the production. They were made from donated materials with volunteer labor. After the play in December, all these items are packed into large trailers and stored until the next year. Most of it would be of little value to anyone who wasn’t putting on a play about Jesus. Still, it appears as if multiple people forced their way into the trailers and took or needlessly damaged items that were in them.
The culprits were caught on camera and one has already been arrested by the Sheriff’s Department. If you recognize any of these other people, please immediately call the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department at (803) 785-8230. You could also make tips by calling 1-888-CRIME SC.