Stolen church trailer returned

| September 28, 2010

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY.) – A Chesapeake church rejoiced Sunday after tens of thousands of dollars worth of its stolen equipment was mysteriously returned. first told you of the crime last Sunday. That's when police say someone stole a trailer loaded with $60,000 worth of equipment for Sonlight Church services.

Out of Great Bridge Middle School comes sounds of worship, and last week when someone stole one of the church's trailers filled with $60,000 worth of supplies, Sonlight church members simply sang louder.

"Once you get your head around it, it brings you closer as a community," says Bobby Dean who has been a member of the church for two years.

"I mean it was disappointing, but church goes on. Church is the people; it's not the building; it's not the equipment. We can have church in the parking lot," says Sonlight Church member Brenda Waters.

At Sunday's service, Sonlight members learned some mysterious, but good news.

"I don't quite understand it all myself," says associate pastor Kenny Bass.

What Bass does understand is roughly $45,000 of the church equipment was returned. The part that's tough to understand is how it happened.

"Kind of a bizarre story," says Bass.

Kenny tells an attorney contacted him last week saying he knew who had the stolen property from the trailer and had worked out a deal to have the property returned. Friday morning, Kenny went to a local storage unit bought by the attorney and he was stunned by what he found.

"We had a combination of the long boxes and the big boxes, 13 of those, which contain the contents of our church inside of them."

"I think that's God. That's awesome! I mean that's amazing that that much got returned so quickly," says Waters.

Now the search is on for the rest of their equipment and the 24 foot trailer that hauled it all.

"God works in mysterious ways and we're praising him for what was returned, asking prayers for the stuff that was still taken. We're estimating $15,000 worth of stuff is still missing," says Bass.

Bass tells they are working on finding new and better ways to lock and protect their equipment. In the meantime, Chesapeake Police are still investigating this crime.

If you have any information that can help police in their investigation, call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK U UP.

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