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Thief Steals Items From ‘Church On Wheels’

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (CBS Las Vegas/AP) — A brazen thief has made off with a New Mexico pastor’s “church on wheels,” taking about $40,000 in equipment and dozens of donated toys.

KRQE-TV reports the New City Church in Albuquerque is a portable church that uses a trailer to store everything it needs for Sunday services, including speakers, cords and microphones. It has a small office in northeast Albuquerque.

New City Pastor Nate Bush says a man with a red pickup cut the lock on a fenced parking lot Sunday and towed away the church’s trailer. He says the trailer was loaded with the church’s equipment and supplies, along with toys for an upcoming charity event.

“Everything that would be in a typical church we have in a trailer,” Bush told the station. “Pipe and drape for setting up spaces on Sunday morning, sound equipment, speakers, cords, microphones, all that kind of thing.”

Bush says the trailer and its contents were insured. He says the theft is frustrating and one of the reasons he plans to move New City into a permanent space.

“Everybody’s upset by this and hurt by this, but we’re going to respond with generosity,” Bush added to the station.

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