OKLAHOMA CITY – A local church is asking for help after becoming the target of thieves.
Truth Baptist Church is a small ministry that focuses on serving food to low-income children who may go hungry without it.
The church works out of a leasing office at a local apartment complex, where many of the kids they serve live.
Pastor Chad Clement delivers 500 lunches, four days a week to low-income kids.
While that’s a lot of work, his job at Truth Baptist Church just got harder.
Clement says just before 10 p.m. on Saturday, four alleged thieves stole their ministry trailer.
Inside was an inflatable water slide, a sno-cone machine and other equipment the small congregation uses to bring a little fun to ministering children.
Pastor Chad Clement says, “Without that equipment, kids might not be so willing to come out on a hot day if there’s not a water slide for them to cool off with and come listen to Bible stories.”
All together, the thieves got away with $7,000 worth of equipment.
One woman said she saw four men with a pick-up truck pull up and take it.
However, she thought they were just part of another church event.
“She actually saw the guys,” says Clement. “They waved to her like everything was fine.”
Clement thinks these thieves had this heist planned, but little did they know a surveillance camera caught the whole thing.
“When we watched the surveillance video, we could see that they came in, got the trailer and were out again through the front of the complex within four minutes,” says Clement. “Someone told them that there was a trailer here that was unlocked that they could come and steal.”
Clement says this is devastating for the small church.
It took two years to raise the money needed for the equipment.
However, he says their most important resource isn’t a water slide, it’s the Bible.
Clement says, “It’s hard to imagine that there’s people that don’t have the conscience that slows them down to say, ‘This belongs to a church.”
The church is working on getting that surveillance video to help identify who stole the trailer.
Witnesses say the alleged suspects were driving a Dodge quad cab truck that was either dark blue or green.
If you have any additional information, call police.