Christmas Day thieves swipe $5,000 in tools from Tampa church

Southside Baptist Church is located at 3911 W. Bay Ave. in Tampa.

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA)– A group of Christmas grinches stole thousands of dollars of tools and equipment from a Tampa Baptist church on Christmas Day.

Southside Baptist Church is in the process of building a new auditorium to meet the needs of their growing parish.

On Christmas night, a trailer parked inside the new building had the lock cut off and more than $5,000 worth of tools were stolen from it.

People who are volunteering to build the new auditorium are in disbelief.

“I believe they picked Christmas because they knew nobody would be here. Most people don’t work on Christmas on this type of a project, so they picked that day because they knew they would be in and out without any disturbance,” said John Foster.

The Tampa Police Department is currently investigating the crime.

Since Christmas, parishioners have raised about $2,000 to help replace the equipment.

Southside Baptist Church has created a donation fund to help buy more tools. Learn more here.

Pastor Kerry Nance stands next to the trailer that was used to store the tools.
Pastor Kerry Nance stands next to the trailer that was used to store the tools. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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