Church pastor helps police nab suspected thieves

July 10, 2013 5:35:19 PM PDT
A local pastor may be thinking about becoming a detective. A smart move on his part has led to the arrest of some people accused of stealing from his church.

Police say it was a neighbor's tip that led investigators to a house on Chalk Rock Drive, where the pastor found most of his church's stolen equipment.

The pastor of Canvas Church, Chris Parrot, tells Eyewitness News a trailer filled with chairs, sound equipment, paintings and other items was stolen from their storage facility on Saturday.

Parrott says that equipment was a major part of the church's workship services that they hold in the Montrose area. After reporting the theft, the pastor says he was able to get a surveillance image of one of the thieves, which he posted on social media sites.

That generated tips, leading police to the north Harris County house where two men and two women were arrested early this morning.

"We put that still picture on Facebook and just asked people to share it," Pastor Parrott said. "Honestly, we were not expecting to recover anything, but we thought, you know, doing something is better than not doing anything. If we do something, we'll have a better chance of recovering our equipment."

The pastor says the thieves took about $20,000 worth of equipment. Authorities are still searching for the trailer and some other items.

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