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Police hope to identify man caught committing lewd act at metro church

Surveillance video shows a man that police say stole clothes and masturbated in a metro church. (Oklahoma City Police Department)

Police are searching for a man they say was caught on camera masturbating in an empty classroom of a metro church.

The Oklahoma City Police Department reports that approximately 10:30 a.m. March 19 a man walked into Harvest Assembly of God Church near SW 44th and Pennsylvania Avenue, while church was in service.

"The church was open, so he was able to just walk right in," MSgt. Gary Knight said. "He did not have to break in to get inside to steal."

The tape shows the man make his way to a storage room on the lower level of the building and place clothes in his pants, police said. Surveillance then shows the man went into the empty room and play with himself.

"That's why we are wanting to not only interview him, but get him off the streets so he won't do anything like this again and possibly even hurt somebody," Knight said.

He walked out of the church without anyone noticing.

The pastor reported it to police after he reviewed the security tapes later.

"The images, although blurred and grainy, they're good enough so that anyone who knows him should recognize him," Knight said.

Anyone with information on the man is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 405-235-7300.

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