Georgia church without heat after copper burglary
News 12 in Augusta, Ga., reports:
A few dollars worth of copper — that’s what authorities say motivated someone to break into a churchyard and rip apart the H-V-A-C system. D’Antignac Church of Christ’s side yard is now littered with thousands of dollars in damage.
Minister Larry Knight says he was completely shocked when he saw the extent of the damage, “We are probably looking in the avenue of forty to fifty thousand dollars. And they received maybe a hundred dollars for the copper.”
Knight says the church recently put up an iron gate to keep out burglars, but these particular culprits cut right through the chain. “We have seven units and they tore all of the units apart, stripped them of all the copper, and none of them are usable.”
The thieves completely tore out two A.C. and heating units on the other side of the church as well and dumped them a few yards away.
Church member Harriett Dunbar says they’d just installed two new units, each around $8,000, to help cool and heat the children’s classrooms and church annex. “They were just put in. Because it gets pretty hot in the summer and pretty cold in the winter. They just installed it so the children will be warm and comfortable. Now, we’ll have to start all over.”