FEDERAL WAY, Wash. -- Pastor John Carlson has been here before, cleaning up broken doors and shattered windows. He believes there's a plan in all of this, even if $15,000 of musical equipment has been stolen from his church.
Carlson is pastor at Sound Christian Fellowship Church in Federal Way and says last Sunday's break-in was the second in three weeks. The first time, the thieves took a change jar and broke a window.
But this time, they took soundboards, a drum set, wiring and more.
"They pretty well wiped us out," Carlson said.
Tuesday night, congregants helped Carlson clean up some of the mess and take an inventory of what was taken. They are hopeful they can afford new equipment soon.
"We're going to be okay. We can make things work," he said.
Carlson says the church provides a haven for those who need it, hosting Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and gatherings for the homeless.
Federal Way Police have no suspects at this point and the police report is pending on the second break-in.
The pastor tries to take it in stride, saying that he trusts the plan in his faith. He wants the thieves to return though.
"I would love to have those people who did this walk through these doors and just say hey, we're sorry.