Antioch church robbed of emergency supplies

May 25, 2009 6:38:48 PM PDT
An Antioch church was distracted from their Memorial Day remembrances Monday after thieves helped themselves to supplies that were meant for the entire community to share.

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"It's frustrating; you know, you try to help better the community and you get knocked down," the pastor's wife Chris Wright said.

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There is a vacant space in the First Missionary Baptist Church parking lot. There is nothing left but severed locks from a $30,000 disaster trailer the church had readied and filled with emergency supplies.

Thieves made off with it early Monday morning.

There was one small detail the thieves missed, however. Or 16 details, to be exact. Security cameras surround the property and six of the cameras caught footage of the robbery.

Antioch police now have the tapes showing thieves arriving, breaking into a shed, using tools from the shed to hook that trailer to an SUV and then leaving. A rear window shattered in the process and police lifted fingerprints from the remains of it.

"Somewhere you have to find forgiveness and feel sorry for them because only those with mental problems would try to attack a church, much less a disaster trailer set to help people in need," Pastor Phillip Wright said.

UPDATE: Shortly after the story aired on ABC7 News, the church received a call giving the location of the missing trailer. The trailer was recovered, but much of the equipment inside was missing. Antioch police are continuing their investigation.

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