Pastor Curtiss Ostosh, of the Harvest Time Christian Fellowship on Nine Mile Road, said the church could use a van to replace one that was loaned to them by Warren’s Passport Pizza but was later stolen and crashed.

Pastor Curtiss Ostosh, of the Harvest Time Christian Fellowship on Nine Mile Road, said the church could use a van to replace one that was loaned to them by Warren’s Passport Pizza but was later stolen and crashed.

Photo provided by Curtiss Ostosh


Van on loan to church outreach ministry stolen, crashed

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published August 23, 2019

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WARREN — A pizza shop’s van loaned to a church and used to deliver items to those in need was stolen and crashed Aug. 17. The alleged thief was later arrested, but now the church outreach has been left out in the lurch. 

“It just puts us in a bind,” said Pastor Curtiss Ostosh, of the Harvest Time Christian Fellowship on Nine Mile Road, east of Van Dyke Avenue. “It was stolen from the church parking lot, right here. The van was full of stuff.”

Ostosh said the church operates an outreach ministry that distributes about 25,000 pounds of food a month. They take in pallets of goods through a list of supporters including big-box stores and other merchants, and some buy things with their limited cash resources. All of it is distributed to the church’s neighbors as groceries or hot meals. 

The van was on loan from the nearby Passport Pizza shop’s owner. 

“Passport was just being kind and generous,” Ostosh said. “They gave it to us to use.”

Warren Police Detective Sgt. Greg Booton said the van was last seen at about 11 p.m. Aug. 16, and was noticed missing at about 9:30 a.m. Aug. 17. It was reported missing later that day, and at about 9:30 p.m. that night, police were dispatched to an address on Yacht Avenue, east of Van Dyke, where the van reportedly had crashed into a parked car.

Frankie Lee Calloway, 29, was arrested at the scene.

“The neighbors came out. They were trying to stop him there,” Booton said. “The owner of the car he hit was out there.”

Calloway was later formally charged with motor vehicle theft and receiving and concealing stolen property. He was reportedly convicted of stealing a vehicle in 2018 and remained held in the Macomb County Jail at press time with bail set at $10,000. 

According to court records, he was due back in the 37th District Court Aug. 27 for a probable cause conference before Judge Michael Chupa. Calloway did not have an attorney as of Aug. 21.

“He’s misguided, but I forgive him,” Ostosh said when asked about the theft. “It’s time to move on. We have God’s work to do.”

The church has started a GoFundMe effort in an attempt to raise money for a new van. The page can be accessed by searching for the keywords “stolen ministry van replacement” at gofundme.com.

Call Staff Writer Brian Louwers at (586) 498-1089.

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