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Local church asking for help after being repeatedly targeted by thieves

OKLAHOMA CITY – A local church is asking for your help catching a thief after $600 worth of audio equipment went missing.

Early Friday morning at Crown Heights Baptist Church, security cameras caught a man they think might be responsible.

The church has been through a lot lately. Nearly a month ago, half of the building was engulfed in flames and in the past few years thieves have seen them as an easy target, walking in and taking things as their own.

Pastor Joe Cannon says, “He was able to see the soundboard through the window. Since the fire all of our shades and curtains have been taken down and you can look right in the windows. He had been around. This wasn’t his first time here.”

Unfortunately Pastor Joe Cannon has come to expect this.

“I’ve been here eight years this marks number 20 on the list of vandalism, thefts, crimes related to our physical property.”

From the church bus to church laptops, he says even last month’s fire may have been arson.

“The total goes to $100,546,000 total that has been done and damaged,” says Cannon. “It’s kind of getting old!”

Pastor Cannon can’t understand why anyone would steal from them. He says if you’re in need all you have to do is ask.

He says just add this to their lengthy list of trials and tribulations because they don’t have time to let their guard down.

“We know it’s not if it’s going to happen, it’s when it’s going to happen next,” says Cannon. “We’re dealing with it as far as we’ve turned it over to the authorities but we’ve also turned it over to the higher authority. God’s going to take care of it. We know that.”

Crown Heights shares a facility with Chin Baptist Church. It was their soundboard that was taken.

Fire marshals have not been able to prove last month’s fire was indeed arson.

If you recognized the man in the surveillance photos, call Oklahoma City Police at (405) 235-7300.