CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Mallard Creek Worship Center on Breezewood Drive in the University area is a small church with a big problem thanks to some burglars.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said thieves stole around $20,000 worth of musical instruments, microphones, TV’s and other items sometime after Sunday services.
Annette Gore is the co-pastor at the church.
"We love gospel music, it's just a part of our culture," said Gore.
But making those sweet gospel sounds just got a lot harder. The pastor showed the side door where thieves broke in.
“They kicked it in. We assume they parked the truck there and kicked it in," Gore added. "We have a top of the line keyboard. It was a Yamaha (and) it records and does all those things. It was sitting right there. They took the stand, they took the television we had."
The church has been in Charlotte since 1969, and in all that time nothing had ever happened.
On Wednesday afternoon technicians installed a burglar alarm.
"I know that were living in some pretty rough times, but to hit the church is lower than low," said Gore.
She’s hoping police can catch the suspects before they unload the items. Gore said the church will do what it can to replace the instruments, but it will be tough because there are only 50 active members.
Pastor Gore said the suspects are forgiven, but they need to go to jail.
"They must not have a conscience at all to be able to come into a church and not feel anything," she noted.