ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - A church was hit by a burglar who seemed to know what he was looking for early Tuesday morning.
Now the church is looking for him because leaders want to offer a helping hand.
“Well, they busted through this window here,” said youth pastor Monica Rodriguez of the Grace Restoration Center as she pointed to a hole where glass was shattered.
Rodriguez got the phone call early this morning about the burglar breaking in.
“My heart was broken,” she said. “I guess I was just thinking it was somebody that was in need, somebody that was desperate.”
Someone had broken into the humble store front church, and made off with three vintage basketball and football jerseys from the church’s thrift store in Albuquerque's south valley.
“It’s kind of sad that somebody would come and take advantage of that and steal and cause damage to a place that's here to help the community,” Rodriguez said.
The church, she says, helps minister to the poorest of the poor.
“We've probably helped a lot of people as far as with food and clothing and we have church services here and Bible study,” she said.
Rodriguez has been thinking about that thief, caught on camera in the middle of the night, planning the theft.
“In the video surveillance, we see a young man coming around the side here,” she said. “He's looking inside the doors.”
But even though he damaged the church last night, Rodriguez says she would like to help him.
“We don't want to see anybody go to jail or anything like that, we just want to ... how can we help you? 'Cause usually when somebody does things like this they're desperate,” she said. “And we're here to help.”
Rodriguez is asking anyone who knows anything about the burglar to call the church.
The stolen jerseys were worth a couple of hundred dollars. It will actually cost more than that to fix the broken window.
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