VBS canceled at north Tulsa church after theft

TULSA -- A north Tulsa church was forced to cancel their Vacation Bible School this year because thieves stole the funds.

"This window was up... completely up," Pastor Dale Rolland of the Concord Community Baptist Church said pointing to where the thieves entered.

Pastor Rolland has been told by several people that they believe it was an inside job. Someone knew to bring a drill to get inside a locked cabinet that looked like a safe.

"Now that hurt," Pastor Rolland said. "Now that hurt to say someone who has come and worshiped with us for the sake of this."

Drums, speakers, cash, air conditioners, and laptops are a few of the things that were taken from the small church.

"I don't think we've offended anyone in the community," Pastor Rolland said. "We've been open to the community."

Every week, people drop dollars or coins into a plastic tub to go towards their VBS. The church has been collecting since February to save up. That money was taken.

The person or persons ransacked the preacher and church administrator's offices. They stole toilet paper, tissues and clothing from their donation closet.

"We'll take you to the store," Pastor Rolland explained. "If there is nothing back here, we'll take you different places where you can find clothes or whatever."

The same man who started the church in his living room 15 years ago and stands in front of about 20 people on Sunday mornings is placing most of the blame on himself.

At the same time, he is taking steps to make sure this does not happen again.

"It's one thing to be righteous," Pastor Rolland said. "There's also another thing to be wise. We've got to secure it now. The building and the perimeter outside."

The Concord Community Baptist Church had someone out on Friday looking to vamp up their security. Pastor Rolland said from now on there are going to double check that every window and door is locked before they leave.

He also said he is going to be mindful of who is in the building from now on.

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