Nearly $2000 worth of music equipment stolen from Miami church

MIAMI (WSVN) - Police responded to a burglary at a Miami church, Tuesday morning.

It happened at the Gospel Arena Ministry near Northwest 75th Street and Seventh Avenue.

According to the ministers, they received a call from the bishop of the church that an alarm had gone off.

Minister Essie Blocker and her nephew made their way to the church, where they discovered the music equipment used for their Sunday services had been stolen.

“The majority of our equipment that we do our Sunday morning service with,” said Minister Cynthia Rolle.

“As soon as I see the glass was broken, I asked my nephew to back up in case the guys would have came out with a gun or something,” said Blocker.

Blocker and her nephew waited for police to arrive to make sure it was safe to go inside. Upon their arrival, police found a broken window and an unlocked door. However, no one was inside.

“Once the officers let us inside, I immediately proceeded into the sanctuary,” said Blocker. “That was the first thing on my mind — that the music equipment probably had been gone because this is not the first time that this has happened to us.”

Thieves stole one keyboard from the church a couple of years ago.

“This time they took two major parts of our music equipment,” said Blocker.

This time, the robbers got away with two pricey pianos – one worth $800, the other worth over $1,000.

“They knew exactly what they were coming for ’cause that’s the only thing that seems to have been touched,” said Blocker.

“With us losing our equipment, it’s really gonna put a crush on our ministry,” said Rolle, “but I just with that the community would help us get our equipment back because it’s well-needed here.”

If you have any information on this burglary, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.

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