A Tulsa church helping another church becomes a burglary victim
Thursday, August 26th 2004, 10:11 am
By: News On 6
A Tulsa church that helped a congregation that was burned out of their building, now is dealing with own problems.
News on 6 reporter Emory Bryan says when a Hispanic church burned in July - the folks at Glenhaven Free Methodist Church at 463 South Hudson offered them free use of the building.
Wednesday, someone broke in and stole the churchâ€™s sound equipment in the middle of the day. When Pastor Paul Aelmore came back from lunch Wednesday - he found his church wide open.
Thieves knocked out the air conditioner and crawled in - then ran off with the sound equipment - at least a $5,000 loss. The pastor thinks when he was walking in the front door; the burglars were coming out the back. They had piled up equipment, but left in such a hurry they didn't take it all.
Glenhaven was in the news lately for offering their church to a Hispanic congregation. Their church burned to the ground in July and they had no where to go. Glenhaven got a boost from that when another church donated new pews - but now they've got a big setback because of the break in.
If you have any information about this crime, call Crimestoppers; the number is 596-COPS. Without a tip from someone, it's incredibly hard for the police to crack a case like this, so the church is hoping someone steps forward.