St Luke’s Anglican Church in Maddington suffered damage to its windows and fence as a direct consequence of an alleged burglary over the weekend.
On the morning of July 30 Reverend Richard Minol received a phone call telling him to go down to the church.
When he arrived he said he saw a burning car and the police and fire department at the scene.
Revered Minol said the heat from the car shattered one of the church’s windows and cracked the other.
“I’m relieved the damage was minimal,” he said.
“If the fuel tank had ruptured and exploded it would have been catastrophic.”
Reverend Minol said the fire brigade and police had been very helpful.
“They have all been a wonderful,” he said.
“At times I think we take them for granted and these types of incidents show how important they are in our community.”
It has been alleged the Ford Falcon which was on fire had been stolen from a family in Canning Vale.
The offenders allegedly robbed their home and took their 10-week-old female staffy.
Gosnells Police Station Senior Sergeant Jodie Pearson said police were still looking for the suspect.
“There are some potential lines of inquiry after a door knock by police identified potential CCTV,” she said.
“Police are still conducting an investigation.”
Anyone with information was asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a report online at crimestopperswa.com.au.