Roland Police Search For Stolen Church Van

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ROLAND (KFSM) — Police are searching for a church van that they say was stolen during broad daylight.

"One of our cleaning ladies came in to clean the church and she discovered somebody in the church and it kind of startled her," Clayton Rhodes, Deacon said. "She didn't know what was going on, so she went about her cleaning business and left."

It was when she returned that she found the man inside again.

"Then he ran out, had the key to the van and when she came back out of the church and he was already in the van and took off," Rhodes said.

Woodland Hills still has one van that can be used, but with the amount of people in the van ministry, the church will need more.

"Our van ministry is really growing and we've been bringing people in off the streets and lots of good things have been happening, but I guess when good things are happening, bad things have to creep in," Rhodes said.

As police continue to search for the van, those at Woodland Hills said they'll carry on. But, the Deacon has this message for the thief:

"A lot of people would be upset and mad, but I just want to tell them, Jesus loves you," Rhodes said. "Bring the van back, we would appreciate it."

The van was reported stolen from Woodland Hills Pentecostal Church, 103 Carson Road. It is described as a 2003 Ford Econoline 15-passenger van, and is dark blue with white lettering along the sides.

The vehicle theft was reported sometime between 2-3 p.m., Wednesday (Sept. 27), according to police.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Roland police at (918)427-3252.

Rhodes welcomes anyone to come to the church. For more information about Woodland Hills, click here.