NewsChannel 4 story leads police to stolen church van, trailer

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OKLAHOMA - NewsChannel 4 told you Wednesday night about a van and trailer stolen from a southwest Oklahoma City church.

Thanks to two of our viewers, the church now has them back.

The Southern Hills Baptist Church van now sits at a repair shop.

It suffered thousands of dollars’ worth of damage after a thief stole it.

"I can show you the steering mechanism," said Robert Patterson, with Southern Hills Baptist. "They broke all the ignition and everything on it."

Patterson first noticed the 15-passenger van, along with a large trailer full of tables, missing Wednesday morning.

"Opened up the bus barn door, and this was where the trailer and the van were setting, and they were gone," Patterson said. "We was preparing to set up for our Wednesday night meal."

Not long after Patterson’s interview aired on NewsChannel 4, the phones started ringing.

A member of Northwest Baptist Church called to tell him the van was parked next to their building.

Then, a woman called police to tell officers where to find the trailer, which was parked in a N.W. Oklahoma City neighborhood.

"She said she felt really bad because she seen that it happened to a church, and so I just believe God pricked her conscience, and so therefore she made the phone call," Patterson said.

Busted window and all, church members are glad to have their property back and thankful for their community.

"KFOR was a big part of helping get the word out and people being aware," Patterson said. "I definitely appreciate the folks that stepped forward and was able to help us locate and thanks for the Oklahoma City police but, you know, we definitely give God the glory, you know, of steering everybody in the right direction.”

At last check, police said no arrests had been made in the case.

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