Thieves hit church for second time, steal thousands in equipment


    According to Khuptong, all said and done, the crooks stole around 8,000 dollars worth of musical equipment (KTUL).

    It looks like an ordinary rock, but for Lydia Khuptong, it has special meaning.

    "It just gives me peace, holding on to it," she said. "It helps me to calm down when I hold this rock."

    She didn't find it, it sort of found her.

    The rock was lying in a pile of shattered glass, just inside the door of the Myanmar Christian Church in south Tulsa early Monday morning.

    "He threw it on the glass window," said Khuptong

    Security video caught the whole thing as two people broke into the church.

    "And he took our electric keyboard, which is around 12 hundred dollars, electric guitars and other guitars," said Khuptong. "And also speakers and microphones that we use to worship the Lord."

    According to Khuptong, all said and done, the crooks stole around 8,000 dollars worth of musical equipment.

    After that, she said they decided to trash the place.

    "They destroyed around four or five of our ceilings," said Khuptong.

    The church moved to a new location off Lewis near 71st about five months ago, from their old location in Glenpool.

    "And we were burglarized there too," she said. "And at that time, we felt like if we move to Tulsa area, we won't face this."

    It's not anger she feels, but sorrow, for the people who did this, which is why she holds on to that rock.

    A sort of reminder, she said, of who we all were at one time.

    "We all were like those burglars. We all were sinners at one point," said Khuptong.

    Rather than praying for justice, she prays for compassion.

    "Because of this incident, that somehow, someway, the Lord will speak to them, and they will know the true, living God. And that they would stop stealing stuff, especially from churches," she said.

    Since the burglary, Khuptong said they've added more security.

    The church has set up a Gofundme account for anyone interested in donating.

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