LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — Two crooks hit a new low, making off with thousands of dollars worth of musical instruments, electronics and tools from a Sun City, Summerlin church.
The crime was caught on camera at Mountain View Presbyterian Church near Cheyenne and Rampart.
It happened just before 3:00 Thursday morning and now Metro police detectives are searching for the burglars. The thieves got into the church by jimmying a door with a crowbar.
Church members have every right to be upset, but are finding every reason not to be.
“This is the point of entrance they came in. You can see they used a crow bar and a hammer and stuff to wedge the door apart,” said Shane Jensen, the church’s administrative assistant.
Jensen said the two burglars knew exactly what they were doing.
“We’re a very forgiving congregation and we feel violated,” explained Jensen.
Security video from the church shows one burglar kicking in the pastor’s door before he rummaged through the office.
“They actually kicked the glass and you can still see some of the damage from where they kicked the glass,” explained Jensen.
One burglar even pounds on a church safe with a hammer. One burglar shattered a window inside the church using a donation box.
“We have a giant window over here that you can see right now it’s just a frame and I can stick my hand for where there used to be a window,” said Jensen. “They were in here for about 40 minutes.”
The two burglars made off with about $25,000 in items from inside the church.
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“We had a drum kit that was in our sanctuary that they walked off with. We had all of our laptops that were taken. We had some donations items that we were giving to Project 150 that were taken,” said Jensen.
The church hopes someone out there recognizes the suspects caught on camera.
“We’re just questioning what has driven them in their life where they feel they have to steal from others to maintain their life and living?” asked Jensen.
That is the one question being asked at the church, where a burglary like this is considered a big blow, but won’t break their spirit.
“Thankful no one was hurt. Everything they took can easily be replaced. So, we’re moving forward,” said Jensen.
If you recognize the thieves, call CrimeStoppers at 702-385-5555.