Costa Mesa church’s $2,500 light fixture is stolen

First United Methodist Church missing light
A theatrical light and the brick it was attached to were stolen from First United Methodist Church of Costa Mesa this week, according to a church spokesman.
(Courtesy of David Trotter)

A theatrical light connected to First United Methodist Church of Costa Mesa’s monument sign was stolen Wednesday, according to a church spokesman.

The church, at 420 W. 19th St., invested $2,500 in the fixture for its annual lighting event. Its longstanding bell tower is illuminated every day in December for the holidays.

The brick the light was attached to also is missing.

Stolen light
First United Methodist Church of Costa Mesa is trying to get back a theatrical light that was stolen from the church’s monument sign Wednesday. The fixture was used for First United’s bell tower lighting event.
(Courtesy of David Trotter)

“We wanted to shine a light on the historic bell tower as a symbol of hope, and we’re disappointed that someone felt the need to steal it,” said church spokesman David Trotter. “We’d really like to have the light and brick back from whoever removed it from the top of the monument sign.”

First United filed a report with the Costa Mesa Police Department on Thursday. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Det. Jerad Korte at (714) 754-5051.

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