Lufkin Police Department releases surveillance footage of stolen church van

Lufkin Police Department releases surveillance footage of stolen church van

The Lufkin Police Department released surveillance footage Wednesday that shows a church van being stolen from Victory Assembly of God in Lufkin.

Investigators said four men stole a van owned by the Victory Assembly of God around 3 a.m. Monday morning. Authorities said the suspects then used the van as a battering ram of sorts to try and smash their way into the CVS. Police believe the men were after the ATM that was located inside.

Investigators said the four men ditched the van in the parking lot after they failed to get inside. There was no money stolen, but significant damage was caused to the outside of the CVS building.

Members of the church, including youth pastor, Chris Rhodes are still feeling the impact of the crime.

"Instantly, we thought about the kids not having a ride to get to our camp retreat that we're doing two weeks from now," Rhodes said.

The retreat, which wa s previously planned for Colorado, has since changed locations to Oklahoma.

Rhodes said the community's kids, who have been affected the most, are bouncing back.

"Like my daughter, she's four years old, and I told her we couldn't ride in the church van," Rhodes said. "She said, 'Daddy, how do we pick up the kids?' And, I said, 'Baby, we'll just take our car, and our pastors have vans.' And, she said, 'Brother Lloyd can take his church van.'"

As of Wednesday, no suspects have been arrested in the case.

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