MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Teenagers on a trip to serve God ended up becoming victims.
The teens stopped outside the Bass Pro at the Pyramid and that's where they said they became victims of crime.
While they were inside the store, someone else was breaking into their church van.
The thieves broke the locks on the church van, took all of their bags, along with the electronics such as iPhones, iPads, money, clothes, and even their Bibles.
The group attends Cross Roads Missionary Baptist Church in Hughes Springs, Texas and were on their way to Wisconsin on a mission trip when they made a pit stop at the Pyramid.
"A couple of them, it kind of put fear in them," Aaron McGuire said. "We have all been looking forward to that one little stop on our road trip."
McGuire is the youth leader and said the group had fun taking pictures from the observation deck and shopping in the store, but the mood quickly changed when they realized the van had been broken into and their stuff had been taken.
"Did this really happen, did this really happen to our church van, here in the parking lot of Bass Pro Shop,"McGuire said.
To add a little more hurt to the team, money used for the trip was earned by each team member.
"I told them they needed to earn it, not ask their parents," McGuire said. "They had to do some chores, some extra stuff to earn their money."
With the help of popular apps, the group was able to ping their devices, and tracked them back to the 200 block of Jones Street. They said police are working on tracking down their electronics.
But, what burglars may have stolen in the way of good opinions about Memphis from these tourists, MPD officers were able to quickly restore.
"It was nice to have very humble and good city stewards out there," McGuire said.
He said the group will not let this mishap keep them from serving the community in Wisconsin. They just hope someone will return the items.
If you have any information on this crime, you are asked to call the Memphis Police Department.