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That really sucks, and from inside a church no less. Just another example of how much our society has spiraled down the toilet.
It might be wise to notify Canon with the serial number of your lens and a proof of purchase...if the lens is ever sent in for service, they might be able to flag it. Not sure if Canon actually has a service such as this, but it wouldn't hurt to call and ask. Also, check your homeowner's policy for coverage/exclusions. However, if you were using the gear for commercial purposes, the point may be moot since it probably wouldn't have been covered under these circumstances. May as well exhaust all of your options, though.