RENTON, Wash. — A Renton church must replace thousands of dollars’ worth of volunteer tools after thieves broke into the group’s storage trailer Tuesday morning.
“It was a little shocking, a little discouraging,” said Renton Bible Church Pastor Dan Gannon.
The tools were for a two-year project to rebuild and expand the church’s building. It was expected to cost $1.3 million, but the group is trying to do it for $650,00 by using all volunteer labor.
Circular saws, drills, and nail guns that were all provided by volunteer workers are now gone. Gannon says the church’s insurance won’t cover the loss, because the tools weren’t owned by the church.
“It’s kind of add insult to injury, because not only do they give their time to work on the project, but now all the tools they’ve used to work on the project are now stolen,” Gannon said.
Renton Police says a report has been made. There is not a suspect description at this time.
To discourage future thieves, the church plans to park a forklift in front of the trailer entrance and block the side door, which Gannon said was how the thieves got in.
The church plans to purchase more tools before the next big work day Saturday, but in the meantime workers are making do with tools that were stashed in other places and overlooked by the robbers.
With a little less than a year to go before construction is scheduled to be completed, Gannon says the church must go on.
“We’re used to burglaries happening as a church; it’s happened over the years,” Gannon said. “Pretty quick we said we need to get back to work, replace what’s been stolen, and keep going.”