BY ARIEL HERNANDEZ Staff Writer
A Baptist church in Corona that was robbed of its musical instruments last week received a generous donation, allowing the house of worship to replace the missing equipment.
A man believed to be in his 30s broke into The Cannan Baptist Church, located at 108th Street and 36th Avenue, by forcing open a lock securing the side door, police said.
According to surveillance footage inside the church, the thief—who lit a cigarette while inside the building—was fishing around the house of worship until he stumbled across an electric guitar, acoustic guitar and bass behind a church seat. According to reports, the instruments are worth more than $2,300.
When Boo Grace, 64, heard about the incident, she personally delivered a $2,300 check to the church.
“This cut straight to my heart,” Grace said. “A church needs music. I couldn’t sleep. It upset me so.”
Pastor Juan Carlos Suero, 52, said that although he is grateful for Boo’s gift, he still hopes that the robber will be caught or return the instruments in good faith.
The suspect is described as a black man who is balding and has a mustache. Footage from the church’s security cameras shows that he was wearing jeans with a yellow rain jacket. The suspect was also carrying black garbage bags filled with the music instruments.