FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla -

Police are trying to track down the thieves who broke into a van and took cash from a California Christian youth group.

The group was visiting South Florida from Oakland, Calif and planned to be in the Fort Lauderdale area for five days.

Miami television station WSVN reports the group of about two dozen teens and young adults stopped to eat a restaurant Thursday afternoon shortly after arriving in South Florida for a weekend youth conference.

Group member Christie Briseno told WSVN thieves broke into their rental van and stole about $12,000 in cash, most of their luggage and IDs.

She says they worked hard to raise the money to come to Florida and everyone in the group is "devastated."
Police say anyone with information about the theft can call Crime