HAYWARD (CBS SF) — Evil got the best of a thief who made off with an East Bay church’s artificial turf.

Pastor Raoul Robles got a big surprise when he walked into the parking lot of the Bay Hills Community Church in Hayward to find that 600-pounds of artificial turf had been stolen.

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“I go, ‘something’s different.’ And I walk over here, and the grass is gone,” Robles told KPIX 5.

The church installed the astro turf about a year ago to deal with the drought after church members Cloyd and Kathy Ridenour donated the lawn.

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“This was the best thing we could do for the church,” Kathy Ridenour said.

The astro turf is estimated to have cost around $5,000.  Nobody witnessed the crime.

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