HUMBLE, Texas – An Indiana pastor is praying for the thief who preyed on him just hours before a funeral.
Doug Cassel, of Bethel Baptist Church, drove nearly 1,000 miles from Linton, IN, to the Houston area on Monday.
Cassel made the trip to officiate a funeral on Tuesday morning.
He woke up just two hours before that service to find his Chevrolet Avalanche on blocks; all four wheels and tires had been stolen.
It happened at the Comfort Suites on Highway 59 North in Humble.
"It was pretty obvious. You could see it clear across the lot," said pastor Doug Cassel. "The day was about honoring the memory of grandma Jane. We didn't want this to have any part or be any distraction."
Cassel knows the family of the deceased from his church in Indiana, and he knew how important it was for him to be at the service in Texas.
"They were just shocked and appalled, and I felt bad," said Cassel. "Every town has its thugs."
Cassel and his wife hitched a ride from the family holding the service.
They had to figure out how they were going to get back to Indiana after they returned to the hotel.
"It's a shame to target someone that's staying in a hotel. We're stranded," said wife Jennifer Cassel.
The Cassels were originally told that it could be three days before they got their truck back.
Staff at Robbins Chevrolet said they did whatever they could to speed it up after hearing the full story.
"I thought it was terrible. I just wanted to get them in and out and get them back onto the road as quick as we could," said Chris Ward with Robbins Chevrolet.
Everything was fixed in less than 24 hours, and insurance covered the $4,000 price tag.
The Cassels only had to extend their trip by one day. The hotel covered the extra night at no charge.
"All the good people have gone out of their way to take care of us," said Doug Cassel.
With all of the good they have experienced, the Cassels say they can't be mad. They believe the thief who targeted them will eventually get what's coming to him.
"I honestly feel bad for him because one day, it's just a Bible law, what you sow you reap," said Cassel. "What goes around comes around."