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Church raises funds to replace stolen equipment from trailer

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SANGER, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) – A church in the valley is asking for community help after thousands of dollars worth of equipment was stolen last week.

“We had our practice at church and needed to get some gear out of our trailer. We noticed the trailer was missing,” said Pastor Gilbert Carrisalez of Tabernacle Church in Sanger.

The pastor said it happened on Thursday, March 31.

“For us, that’s a priority because we’re looking at over $30,000 worth of gear.”

The pastor said they asked around the neighborhood and got surveillance video. He said a gray SUV was parked on church property when the theft happened last week.

Carrisalez said he was able to retrieve the trailer the next day, but it was empty.

“Our appeal however is for those who took the equipment if they found it in their hearts to return it to us and I will not lay any charges.”

In the meantime, the Church of the Tabernacle is working to raise funds for new equipment. They are having a Sunday taco sale at 3 p.m. at the church, located at 1810 Swan Avenue, Sanger. To order in advance, call: 559-593-2748

They also accept donations in person or in line.

“And then just put an extra note that it’s for sound equipment. What will happen is that if they give us all their information, they can get a tax deduction at the end of the year.

For now, the pastor has one last message to those who stole the material:

“I’ve been in your shoes, I’ve made bad decisions in my life, and I know what it’s like, but I also know what it’s like to have pity, and so what bothers me was given, I want to render for you.”