West Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Thousands of dollars of equipment were stolen from a West Columbia Church, deputies say.

Some say church is a place for the broken to heal. 12 Springs Community Church became victim of thieves.

Amy DuBois, a member of the leadership team for the West Columbia Church, says over $17,000 worth of equipment was stolen.

"What upsets us is really that it indicates brokenness. The things that were stolen are just kind of tools that help us accomplish what our goal is, to tell people about the good news of Jesus Christ," said DuBois.

They're a plant church, meaning they operate out of a building but keep all their things inside a trailer during the week.

"We got a little surprised this Sunday morning because our trailer was missing. In the meantime, we'll just meet and have what we call simple church. We don't have quite as many tables and we don't have the same sound equipment but we still have the things that we need to accomplish why we exist," explained DuBois.

Captain Adam Myrick with the Lexington County Sheriff's Department says they've been looking for clues through security tape.

In the tape, you can see a truck leave the area with the trailer with all the equipment.

He says the incident happened between August 5th and the 12th.

"On top of a dark colored truck, there appears to be warning lights like you might see on a construction crew truck. The lights start to flash as they're driving away with the trailer. That helps us, gives certainly a lot more information for the public to take a look at and see if they can help us," said Myrick.

While it would be easy for someone to get angry about having something stolen from them, DuBois hopes more comes from the situation.

"Our prayer that morning and I think since has been that this will actually be a part of their salvation story and that one day this person will say that they went to steal but because of that, however God does it, that he would work it out through this that they would ultimately come to know the love of Jesus," said DuBois.

If you know anything about this incident, you're asked to call CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CrimeSC.