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Thieves Steal Parts from Church Van

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OMAHA (KPTM)- Thieves stole from an Omaha church that is trying to turn its neighborhood around.

"The enemy is out here to kill, steal and destroy. Can't complain, all I can do is just thank God - it could have been worse," Deacon Marquees Williams said.  

New Covenant Church of Christ has been serving the North Omaha community for the past three years. Leaders use a van to transport members of the church.  Last Sunday thieves stole parts from the van.

"Just as far as delivery or pick up, we try to accommodate everybody."

When Deacon Williams came out to start the van, something didn't sound right.   

"It could have been worse, I could have come out here and not have had a van at all." 

Thieves had stolen the van's license plates. They also got underneath the van and cut out the converter and now the van sounds like a monster truck. 

"We aren't worried about it because what has happened which is bad god will turn into good."  

Omaha Police say catalytic converters are really easy for thieves to steal. Not much can be done to stop it.  Replacing the catalytic converter is going to cost more than $600.

Church leaders can't drive the van until it's fixed.

"Now we have just been picking up people in our own vehicles."  This has been limiting the church's ability to serve. 

"Everywhere you go there is something going on with crime but I mean we have been a positive impact on this area and a lot of people are glad we are here."  

A new converter will be installed in a couple of weeks. Leaders plan to move the van to a safer area. 

Police say the best way to protect your car from thieves  is to park in a garage or under a light.
If you think someone is trying to steal from your car - don't hesitate to call 9-1-1.

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