GLENPOOL – Don't be surprised if Pastor Joe Jones sinks his teeth into Apple stock.
A tracking application of the MacIntosh computer maker, along with the persistence of a parishioner-policeman, enabled Jones to locate and retrieve about $12,000 worth of computers and other electronic equipment that were burglarized this week from his Glenpool church.
"Let's just say I'm a Mac fan for life now," said Jones, pastor of The Landing Community Church.
After attending a church service Wednesday night, off-duty Glenpool Police Officer Drew Mullenix jumped in his personal car and caught up with a teenager who had the tracked computer, said Tee Nelson, the church's office manager, who had discovered the burglary that morning.
By the following day, everything that was stolen, save for one of 10 computers, had been returned to the church, Mullenix said.
"He's our hero," Nelson said of Mullenix. "Can you imagine losing your computer, one computer? Just imagine trying to rebuild it.
"To think about what we were going to have to rebuild … was just overwhelming. For them to get it back is just priceless."
Nelson entered the church office Wednesday morning to find a small safe busted on the floor and a brick-broken window in the rear of the building, she said. Stolen along with the computers, which included Jones' personal MacBook Pro and iPad, were a 36-inch television/VCR, two bass guitars, a Wii, an Xbox and a karaoke machine, Nelson said.
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