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Tucson church robbed and vandalized twice in one week

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Tucson church robbed and vandalized twice in one week

By Simone Del Rosario. CREATED May 10, 2014 - UPDATED: May 10, 2014

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Unleashed Christian Church off Valencia and 12th has been robbed and vandalized overnight for the second time. 

Crime scene investigators brushed over the scene Saturday evening after the Friday night break in. They think the vandals hopped over the fence, broke in through the fire escape and made off with thousands in equipment and cash.

Vandals broke into the church the previous Friday night, stole some cash and wreaked some havoc but nothing more. Because of that break in, the church dished out money for security cameras but before they could turn the cameras on, thieves broke in again. 

"When they broke in last week they stole a bunch of keys," Senior Pastor Juan Vasquez said. 

Including a key to the fire door, the thieves traveled up the ladder and into the church. They seemed to know where they were going. 

Coincidence, or casing? Last week the church was trashed; pool balls thrown against the wall; children's rooms destroyed. 

"They took the toys, threw the toys everywhere," Vasquez said. "They also went upstairs and disconnected all of our equipment but didn't take anything."

But one week later thieves took laptops, iPads, cash and cameras used to record the service for an online ministry. Even the bass guitar is missing from its stand. 

"They need help and that's what we're here to do; we're here to help. So what I'm hoping is instead of them coming when we're closed, I wish they'd come when we're open," Vasquez said. 

But if they do return when it's closed, this time the cameras will be ready. 

Pastor Juan said these criminals cannot stand in the way of his service. 

"When things happen,  you can either let them put you out or fire you up," he said. "Ultimately we're not going to let this put us out. We're here and we're here to make a difference and I love that because instead of letting something like this break the community apart, we believe it can bring the community back together again."

If you would like to help Unleashed Christian Church get back on their feet, you can go to their website to donate. More than that, though, they want you to know their doors are open for Sunday services at 9, 10:30 a.m. and 12 p.m.

Simone Del Rosario

Simone Del Rosario

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Simone is the KGUN 9 On Your Side resident cowgirl. She has spent most of her life on the back of a horse, and spent all of her high school and college years traveling from rodeo to rodeo with her horses and her dog, Roper.