‘We’re not going to tolerate it,’ Alleged suspect destroys items after breaking into OKC temple

OKLAHOMA CITY – Police are searching for a man who broke into a place of worship in Oklahoma City.

The alleged suspect was caught on camera smashing his way into a Jewish temple near N.W. 48th St. and Pennsylvania Ave.

At the Temple B’Nai Israel, a few pieces of broken glass are the only visible sign of damage after a man broke into the temple earlier this month.

“Anytime this happens to a place of business or worship, it’s not good,” said Ann Dee Lee, an administrator at the temple. “It makes you feel scared and afraid and we’re not going to tolerate it.”

On video, the alleged suspect can be seen pulling on the locked door, and then kicking the glass several times before a hard kick shatters the glass.

The man then bends down, unlocks the door and walks inside the place of worship.

Ann Dee Lee says once inside, the alleged suspect didn’t stay long.

Officials say he only  damaged a computer monitor before perhaps realizing cameras were recording the crime and fleeing.

Since the man didn’t vandalize the temple in any way, police say there’s no reason to think it’s hate related.

“We can’t speculate what was in his mind or why he broke in,” said Lee. “We do know we want him caught.”

In fact, Lee says her only goal is to find out who this man is and arrest him before anyone else falls victim.

“It is unsettling for security to be breached,” said Lee. “We have a good security system, but we want to make sure our members are safe and want this man brought to justice.”

Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact CrimeStoppers.