GEORGETOWN, Texas (KXAN) — Security cameras caught a man drive up late Friday night and steal a youth group’s trailer parked outside a Georgetown church.
The theft happened Friday at about 10:45 p.m. at the Church on the Rock, located at 925 Golden Oaks Road.
Francisco Mendoza, the church’s ministry director, said no one realized the trailer was gone until people arrived for the service Sunday morning and noticed it missing from its normal parking spot.
The church paid several thousand dollars last year to buy the trailer so that it could haul gear to and from a children’s summer camp.
“Unfortunately, it’s a sad state of affairs that even churches have to be concerned with and deal with these kind of issues,” Mendoza said. “It’s not good for anybody to steal from anybody. We don’t want our neighbors or anything like that to get broken into as well, but I think it just brings it another level when somebody is willing to do that to a church.”
Surveillance footage showed a dark-colored truck drive past the church, then turn around and come into the parking lot. The truck backs up to the black, 14-foot-long trailer, which is unmarked and has chrome on the top and the corners.
A man in a long-sleeved, light-colored shirt is seen removing a cinder block from behind one of the tires and tossing it aside. He then spends about six minutes breaking some heavy duty locks attached to the front so that he can leave with the trailer.
“There was a ball lock on it, and there was also a hitch lock on it,” Mendoza explained, “so there would have been no way you could connect the two to a truck to be able to pull it. You would have to smash or break the entire lock mechanism off of that to be able to connect the hitch to your vehicle and drive off.”
The security cameras showed the man leaving the parking lot with the trailer attached to his truck, turning on to Airport Road and heading toward I-35.
Mendoza said someone contacted the church Monday after reportedly seeing the trailer for sale online, but the post was later removed.
Police in Georgetown told KXAN that officers plan to keep an eye on other sites as well as the streets in hopes of returning the trailer to its rightful owner.
However, trailer thefts are not a very common crime in Georgetown. Police received only two reports of stolen trailers in 2018 alone, though officers responded to more than a dozen incidents last year involving people taking things from trailers.
Even though it seemed like this particular church did everything it could to protect its property, Capt. Roland Waits with the Georgetown Police Department said it should serve as a reminder to everyone.
“Take those steps to protect your property,” Capt. Waits said. “It’s about lessening opportunity for anybody, and that goes for everything — lock your house, lock your car, don’t leave valuables out in plain sight.”
Mendoza said his pastor asked everyone to pray for the man who stole the trailer Friday night.
“All we’re asking is for them to return the trailer back,” Mendoza said. “We have no ill will toward them, and, honestly, if we had the possibility to witness to them, we would love to do so and help them turn their life around.”
Anyone with information about the trailer’s wherabouts should contact the Georgetown Police Department.