Burglary Suspect Arrested After Found On Church Roof In Warr Acres

Wednesday, April 27th 2016, 10:50 pm
By: News 9

Warr Acres Police arrested a man Tuesday night accused of burglary. Authorities said it began around 11 p.m., when an officer was patrolling the area and saw the subject exiting a vehicle. Once the subject saw the officer, he ran.

As police searched for 21-year-old Max Flores with the help of Oklahoma City Police’s Air One overhead, officers said he disappeared near the Putnam City United Methodist Church.

But police learned he was actually on top of the church.

After learning Flores broke through a window and got on the roof, Warr Acres Lt. Matt Berger said an Oklahoma City K-9 tracked him down.

“He did resist arrest and was bitten by the dog,” he said.

Flores was taken to the hospital for his wound overnight, but Wednesday morning he was booked at the Oklahoma County Jail on three burglary charges. And the Putnam City United Methodist Church is cleaning up the apparent mess he made.

Joni Patterson has worked there for years and said this is not the first time troublemakers have targeted the church. “It still surprises me. Breaking into a church – really?” Patterson said.

In recent months she said their youth room equipment was stolen, some of it destroyed. And someone smashed holes in the walls and shattered glass doors.

“We’re a small church and this is costing us money,” she told News 9.

Even though Patterson does not believe last night's arrest was related to their previous problems with criminals, she said it's still unnerving to experience yet another break in.

“It used to be that I felt secure. I mean, I’m in God’s house. Where else can you be more safe?” She asked. “But anymore, not so much.”

The other business that has been the subject of several burglaries is Matt Davis Automotive. Employees said Tuesday night's case would've been the fourth or fifth time in three weeks.