Local pastor worried thieves are targeting his church

By: Alexandra Carter Email
By: Alexandra Carter Email

(ANTLERS, OKLAHOMA)-- A Texoma pastor says thieves are breaking into his church and stealing from the food bank they use on a weekly basis to help needy families.

The food bank at the First Baptist Church of Antlers, Oklahoma supplies between 250 and 300 families with food every month, something Pastor Aaron Reed is very proud of, "that's able to help a lot of needy people and we have a lot of people that's out of work and a lot of people that are in financial need in this area and so we're able to help them."

Police say someone used a butter knife to open one of the food bank windows and break in Monday night and it's not the first time. Pastor Reed says over the past two years they've had numerous break-ins with barrels full of food stolen. He hopes the thieves will realize the damage they're doing " and I hope they'll see that what they're doing takes the chance of us not being able to continue to do this..and I hope they'll stop what they're doing."

While the loss from Monday night's break-in was minimal, whoever broke in rifled through the front desk before escaping which leads Pastor Reed to believe they were looking for more than food.

Police say on Tuesday night another break in was attempted at another one of the church's buildings, this time it was this youth center where somebody tried to break in by unscrewing the knob to this door but they were stopped by a dead bolt.

Antlers resident Robert Reese says he was disappointed when he heard about the break-ins, " it's a shame cuz [sic] all these food banks and the youth center..all they try to do is help us out..and they're more than willing to help our community so why would you try to steal from them?"

Police were unable to provide us with details but say they are investigating.

If you have any information on the break-ins call Antlers Police.

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