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 church’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.