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NORTH WILKESBORO, N.C. -- A local preacher is facing felony charges after police say he took almost $5,000 worth of items from another church.

North Wilkesboro police say 28-year-old Cameron Dwight Gresham, a preacher at Browns Temple Church in Wilkesboro, was scheduled to turn himself in around 5:30 Thursday evening.

On May 3, police say Gresham went to the Macedonia Christian Center in North Wilkesboro and took pews, a pulpit and AC units. In all, the items totaled to $4,850.

On May 5, the owner of the Macedonia Christian Center reported the items missing. Police were able to contact Gresham, who admitted to them he had taken the items.

“That just kind of shocked me right there,” said John Lee Barnes, who lives directly next to Browns Temple Church. “It really does.”

Barnes told FOX8 that he had seen Gresham on multiple occasions, working to fix up the Brown Temple Church, which shut its doors years back.

“Really I was glad to see somebody come because it was really going down,” Barnes said.

Now, Barnes admits he is disappointed, because services had already started to be held at the church.

“Nobody was perfect on this world but one man. So, we all have our faults,” Barnes said. “I can’t judge him, I don’t judge anybody, I don’t want anybody judging me.”

Gresham now faces charged of felony breaking and entering and felony larceny. He told police he plans to return the stolen items to their rightful owner on Saturday, May 16.