Rock Hill, SC - Pastor Mike Welch says his youth pastor went to crank up their church van Sunday, and it wouldn't start. Welch says, "So he started smelling gas fumes, and said he noticed the gas come down from underneath."
He says someone had to cut all three fuel lines, and drained gas from under the van. Pastor Welch says, "When the church seems to be so vulnerable when no one is around, and that someone would take advantage of that."
Mechanics like Josh Sanders say they see this all the time. Sanders says, "Typically they will drill a hole in the gas tank, with the recession and everything."
Sanders says that's because the tanks in newer cars are made of plastic, so it's easier to punch a hole into them. But he says cut fuel lines are unusual. Sanders says, "They just started cutting trying to get it to drain.
Pastor Welch says the money he spent to fix the van is money that could have been used to help the community. Welch says, "I would much rather spend 500 dollars to help kids buy school supplies who can't afford them, then spending it to fix a van."