Jon Shainman reports
A missing SentLife Church trailer looks similar to this one, although the missing trailer had been spray painted white and the old church name had been spray painted over.
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - They are some of Pastor Paul Phipps's favorite days.
The days each year when his church, SentLife Church off Del Rio Boulevard in Port St. Lucie, transforms its patch of land into a carnival with bounce houses.
The church owns five of them.
"One is like a 70-foot long obstacle course. There's one with a big 30-foot slide and then we had a train," said pastor Phipps.
They're hard to miss. But now they're missing.
Sometime between New Year's Eve and last weekend, the trailer housing them was swiped off the church property.
It has pastor Phipps scratching his head. "The ministry value of it is a lot. The community value of it is a lot. Because we've been able to do tons of free carnivals."
The church had bought the bounce houses, plus a snow cone machine and popcorn machine, at a deep discount from someone going out of business.
The missing trailer looks similar to one that's still on church property although the missing trailer had been spray painted white and the old church name had been spray painted over.
Pastor Phipps is ready to write off the trailer with a plea to the thieves.
"I'd welcome it if they dropped off the equipment here and kept the trailer," the pastor said laughing. "We'll figure out a way to haul the stuff."
The replacement value of the stolen items is in the tens of thousands of dollars.
If you have any information, call Port St. Lucie police or pastor Paul Phipps at 772-201-0593.