Church’s hope for thieves who stole electronics, cash: That they get the help they need

Brazen thieves steal thousands of dollars in church equipment

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - After their service Friday night, leaders at Anchor Church in Kaneohe got a call from their alarm company notifying them of a break-in.

By the time they got there, the burglars had already made off with instruments, computers, and cash.

The good news: Most of what was taken can be replaced.

But not all of it.

Trevor Ferge is Anchor Church’s worship and creative pastor, and plays music for the congregation.

He was one of the first people on scene after the alarm company notified church officials that the alarm had been tripped. He immediately noticed that well over $5,000 worth of gear had been taken.

“iPads, cash ... computers and also a couple of instruments, including my guitar,” said Ferge.

But this wasn’t just any guitar.

“This is one of those things that I want to pass on to my son and, yeah, it just really does mean a lot to me," he said.

Ferge’s father gave him the Gibson guitar as a graduation present. It would normally retail north of $3,500, but they found one on sale while visiting Maui.

The story has another twist.

Just as parishioners were entering the church for Sunday service, Ferge said a church volunteer found his guitar and another that was stolen.

“Right here, like behind this little shack thing in the bushes,” said Ferge.

But because of where they were left, Ferge’s precious guitar will never be the same.

“As soon as I saw it, there was definite discoloration on the guitar there was some swelling and it was just soaked. I am not sure how realistic it is to get it fixed but it is waterlogged pretty bad and there is some cracks and I am pretty sure the electronics are fried in this thing,” said Ferge.

“It’s the only guitar I own. I grew up in this church playing it. It means a lot to me so I am glad I got it back I am just bummed that I can’t play it anymore.”

Guy Souza, facilities manager for the church, said surveillance images show the thieves rummaging through Anchor Church between 11:30 p.m. Friday and 1:30 a.m. Saturday.

“It’s pretty disheartening to see somebody come in, several guys, they knew what they were doing. They were trying to avoid cameras but fortunately we got them on cameras,” he said.

But church officials aren’t as interested in punishing the thieves as they are finding them help.

“I’d rather see these guys get healed, get saved, get better, get past whatever addictions are causing them to do something like this and move on with their lives, Souza said.

If you have information that may help police find the responsible party, call Honolulu CrimeStoppers at (808) 955-8300.

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