Video captures suspects stealing van from Chinese Christian Church and Philadelphia Center

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) – Philadelphia police are looking for the suspects who stole a church van in the city’s Chinatown.

It happened last Monday night at the Chinese Christian Church and in the center of 11th and Vine streets.

“We thought someone took it for a ministry or something. Then we looked at the surveillance video and found out that someone took it,” Pastor Li said.

Surveillance video showed a white van with a yellow roof ladder and temporary tags pulling up alongside the 2011 Ford Econoline 15-passenger van.

A man wearing a yellow helmet can be seen getting out of his van as his accomplice accesses the church van.

Within 20 seconds, the taillights of the church van come on when the thief turns on the ignition.

Moments later, the two vans are driven off the property.

Pastor Li says he doesn’t know how the thieves could have started the engine.

The missing van is registered in Pennsylvania with license plate KXC-5525.

According to Pastor Li, the van is used to transport the elderly to church on Sundays and children to summer camp.

“We will have to ask some of our members to bring people here to church with their own personal vehicles, minivans, etc. And we also have to find a way to transport the students because summer is coming very soon” , said the pastor. Li.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Philadelphia police.

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