VIRGINIA BEACH, Va (WAVY) — A local church is looking to find who is responsible for stealing their equipment trailer, so they can invite them to church.
Cornerstone Church, founded in February 2017, doesn’t have their own sanctuary, rather they hold weekly Sunday morning services at Kellam High School. They use all their own equipment at worship, from musical instruments, lights and even coffee pots.
During the week, all of it is stored in an enclosed trailer, locked up behind a church in the 3100 block of Indian River Road.
However on November 11 when church members came to get the trailer, it was gone, according to Kayla Arestivo, a member of the leadership team at Cornerstone.
“We looked around and we found the lock on the hitch was blown off on the ground,” Arestivo said. “It was a bit shocking.”
Surveillance video from the property obtained by 10 On Your Side on Saturday November 10, shows a white SUV and motorcycle arrive on the property. Within 10 minutes, the trailer was hitched to the SUV and leaving.
Virginia Beach Police responded to the scene around 2:30 Sunday afternoon.
“It feels unfair, it makes you feel angry,” Arestivo said “We have been saving for years.”
Arestivo estimates the property costs an estimated $70,000.
“99.9 percent of our stuff is in that, was, in our trailer,” Arestivo said.
However, by 10:30 a.m. Sunday the service went on as scheduled. Equipment was found at the last minute to make it all work.
“We had people being so supportive, it was incredible,” Arestivo said.
When it comes to who did this, Arestivo had this to say: “Come to church, come to church. You don’t have to tell us that you did it. Come to church.”
Now the church has launched a campaign to replace all they have lost.
“Connect us to people in our area that can help,” Cornerstone Church Virginia Beach wrote on their Facebook page. “We have a short term need to be able to gather on the next Sundays until we’re able to replace our loss. We need pipe and drape, kids church equipment, sound gear, a drum set, etc. Do you know a church or business in the area that you could connect us with that could help us? Please reach out!”