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Church's Air Conditioning Destroyed by Metal Thief

By Natalie Potts
By npotts@wbbjtv.com

HENDERSON COUNTY, Tenn.- Sheriff's deputies said residents should be on the lookout for copper thefts this winter after one local church was recently targeted.

Deputies are now investigating an air conditioning theft at Marl Bluff Presbyterian Church in Reagan. Church leaders said a thief kicked in the chapel door then destroyed the building's main air conditioning system for copper. Investigators said they believe copper thefts are becoming more popular which could be dangerous during winter months since the theft destroys an air conditioning unit's ability to produce heat.

Church members said they are disappointed but the vandalism has taught them a valuable lesson.

"We would have been more than happy to make a free donation to help them all they had to do was ask," said church member Roger Hill. "An event like this is something that let's you know that you are vulnerable when you think you're not and by being vulnerable, it spins up the opportunity for others to take advantage."

The building still has electricity. Church leaders said their planned holiday activities will still go on.

If you have any information in this case, call the Henderson County Sheriff's Department at (731) 968-7777.