Sparks fly as thieves in church van smash their way into store in NE Houston

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A surveillance camera captured the moment three thieves cut power to a northeast Houston store right before burglarizing it. (KTRK)

A surveillance camera captured the moment three thieves cut power to a northeast Houston store right before burglarizing it.

Police said those same thieves then used a church van to smash their way into the store on Ley Road.

All this effort was apparently made so the thieves could steal about $1,000 worth of cigarettes, according to the shop owner.

The store is just three blocks away from White Rock Missionary Baptist Church, where the van was stolen.

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Burglar bars were still attached to the back of the van when it was found.

Receipt tape was also found hanging out of the back of the vehicle.

Pastor Moses Thomas said even after the cameras were off, someone else high above was watching.

"The book teaches us the way of sin is death. Good of God is eternal life. For someone to commit an act like that against the church and against God's word, you know. That's bad. That someone just don't care or have a desire in what they do," Thomas said.

Thomas said he's extending an invite to the thieves. Instead of taking the church bus, to come on in.

If you know these men who appear in the surveillance video, call Houston police.

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