Thieves steal Gastonia church's grill

Crooks were caught on camera stealing from a local church, and now the church says they can't feed the community.

GASTONIA, N.C. -- Police in Gastonia are looking for the thieves who stole from a local church.

It happened around 4 o’clock in the afternoon on Saturday, September 3. Surveillance cameras caught a red pickup truck rolling into Bethlehem Church in Gastonia. Fifteen minutes later, the truck is seen leaving the property.

"Somebody drove in, hooked up to it and pulled it out. Because it has to be towed,” said Youth Pastor Cody Mummau.

That large object they were towing was the church’s $2000 grill.

“Please bring it back 'cause we need it,” Mummau pleaded.

Each week the church feeds area high school football teams and hosts youth nights with music, games and food, often for kids who can’t afford to pay for lunch.

“You find yourself disappointed when something that is used on a very regular basis, to serve others, to serve this community, to help people, is taken from you,” he explained.

So Mummau posted photos on Facebook. Already there have been more than 2,000 shares.

He is overwhelmed with the support they’re receiving from community members.

“We’ve had a lot of people say, ‘Don’t worry about it. If you need to borrow a grill or need somebody to come out and cook, we’ve got your back.’”

He’s praying those who stole it just give it back so it can continue to help feed hungry mouths across Gastonia.

The church does not have a GoFundMe page, but if you are interested in helping you can give them a call at (704) 823-1600 or go online to their website.

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