TULSA - For the second time in three weeks, burglars struck a midtown church and stole thousands of dollars worth of equipment.
The first burglary was reported on Sept. 29.
That's when leaders discovered that someone had broken into the church and stole computers and took food from the pantry.
Church leaders decided to forgive the burglar. They even left a message on an outdoor sign inviting the burglar to worship services.
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Sure enough, the burglar returned last night, but not to worship as the sign offered.
This time, the burglar stole more items, including a TV, video games and computer monitors.
The stolen items total up to thousands of dollars, according to church officials.
"Just to be hit twice so soon, it's kind of disheartening that somebody would do this to a church," said East Side Christian Church associate pastor Daniel U'Ren.
Church leaders suspect last night's burglar is the same person who targeted them in September.
They said this time police dusted for fingerprints, giving them hope that authorities will catch the burglar.
Like last time, church leaders are inviting the burglar to join them for worship services.
"We have to remember that all God's children are welcomed here, no matter who they are," said U'Ren. "I know that we'll pray for this individual and hope that they get the help they need."
The church canceled a number of events on Monday so they could deal with the burglary.
Anyone with information about the burglary should call Tulsa police.
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