NEW PORT RICHEY — After the mobile shower trailer his church built for the homeless was stolen two weeks ago, community outreach pastor Mike Glass of Impact Family Church prayed for a miracle.
All it took to recover the trailer was one man who wanted to do the right thing.
Hoping for a place to store food and tack for his horses, Jacob Thomas had arranged to buy what he thought was a portable shed from the nephew of a woman he knew.
It wasn't quite what he expected; the trailer came equipped with its own generator, water supply and two bathrooms. On June 12, he paid Terry Kidder $500 for it and left for a horse show, a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report states.
The next morning, a friend called Thomas to tell him the trailer he just bought was all over Bay News 9, reported stolen from Impact Family Church.
Thomas called the Sheriff's Office and deputies tracked Kidder down Wednesday morning.
"I'm not too pickled about being out the $500, because the church got the thing back," Thomas said.
Kidder stole the trailer from the parking lot of Light of the World Tabernacle on Leo Kidd Avenue in Port Richey, where it had been on loan from Impact, about 5 p.m. on June 12, according to a Sheriff's Office report. The report states he sold it to Thomas just an hour later.
Glass said Impact Family Church hosts a homeless outreach most Thursday mornings, where people can gather for prayer, food, free haircuts and showers in the mobile unit.
"When it was stolen, I could see it was a blow to (the homeless)," he said. "To have recovered it so quickly — it was truly an answer to a prayer."
Although the property where the trailer normally sits has been sold, Glass says he is confident he will find a place to offer showers.
"If God can bring the shower back, he can certainly find a place to set it up," he said.
An eyewitness reported seeing two men drive away with the trailer, which Glass said cost about $10,000 to build. The case is still under investigation, Pasco sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll said.
Kidder, 33 of Hudson, has been charged with grand theft and dealing in stolen property, as well as failing to appear in court on a previous theft charge. He has served two years in prison for trafficking in stolen property and has previously been on probation for battery.
Kidder is being held in the Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $12,500 bail.