Thieves steal from church, caught on camera

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Police are working to arrest two thieves who targeted Crown Heights Baptist Church in Oklahoma City.

Surveillance video shows a white van sitting across the street from the church's parking lot for five minutes. Then one man inside the van walks up to a trailer carrying a high dollar lawn mower.

Once he is sure no one is around, the van backs up, he hitches the trailer to the van and they drive off.

"It's like you've been violated," said Dr. Joe Cannon. "You just feel filthy."

Cannon is the pastor of the church, and he owns the lawn mower and trailer. He left it alone at the church for a matter of minutes.

"I would rather somebody walk up and slap me in the face or spit in my face than do something behind my back and steal from me," said Cannon. "So that bothers me."

Even more bothersome, thieves have hit up Crown Heights more than 15 times in just three years.
Cannon says they take air conditioners, car parts, metal, copper. By the looks of it, these criminals aren't scared of cameras. Not surprising to police.

"Fences help prevent crime. In some cases, people may need to hire security or just watch their habits and what they're doing to not be a victim of a crime," said Capt. Dexter Nelson.

With a congregation of just 50 people, Cannon says the church can't afford to hire security or replace the stolen stuff.

"They don't care who they hurt. It's like I preached last Sunday: Every sin hurts somebody. If you do something wrong, it hurts somebody from yourself to your family to the people who you do wrong," said Cannon.

With wrong doing caught on camera. He hopes someone can make this right.
If you recognize the man in the video or the white van, call Crime Stoppers at 405-415-5666. You could get a cash reward.