Van, trailer with lawn equipment stolen from church

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Police are seeking a suspect who cut through a church's chain-link fence and stole a van and attached trailer containing lawn maintenance equipment on Tuesday evening.

That suspect will be wanted for burglary and theft of a motor vehicle, according to a Jacksonville Sheriff's Office incident report.

Officers were called to the Wayman Chapel Church at 1176 Labelle Street after church staff discovered the 1998 Ford van was missing from the church/school yard.

Police found the chain link fence to be cut and pulled away to create an opening about 30 feet wide. Tire tracks were observed in the grass beyond the fence and broken glass was found where the van was parked, the report detailed.

Surveillance footage was examined by police and Pastor Mark Griffin, but the angles of the cameras did not reveal who may have stolen the van.

Staff told police they believe the van was taken between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. because children were in the school yard before that time and believes someone would have noticed.

Anyone who has any information about this theft is asked to contact JSO at 904-630-0500 or email at To remain anonymous and receive a possible reward up to $3,000 for this case, contact First Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.


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