Church AC Units Being Stolen In 5 County Area

Lawmen say someone is targeting churches in a five county area, mainly stealing copper from their air conditioning units.

Lenoir County deputies say the rash of thefts have happened at churches in Lenoir, Pitt, Wayne, Craven and Duplin counties during the past two months. So far several dozen churches have been hit.

Investigators have learned that thieves have been able to remove the copper from inside the air conditioning units, making it look like the units still work. In other cases the entire unit has been hauled off.

Detectives believe a utility type van or pickup truck is being used in the thefts.

Deputies are asking that if anyone sees any suspicious activity around rural churches they should call 911 immediately.


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  • by NANNA Location: BEAUFORT COUNTY on Oct 7, 2010 at 03:40 PM
    BEAUFORT COUNTY TOO!
  • by I Am The Lord God on Oct 7, 2010 at 03:28 PM
    Don't people use hand-fans to cool themselves with? I always see the ladies with them in movies (esp. old period pieces). At least we're headed toward winter (thank the Lord)
  • by Jay Location: Williamston on Oct 7, 2010 at 03:17 PM
    "When" they get caught, give them the death penalty. 1. It will teach others not to steal 2. The one's stealing will not get our on bail, do it all over again.
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Oct 7, 2010 at 03:14 PM
    The thieves will need those A/C's in hell, cause that's where they're going.
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Oct 7, 2010 at 12:27 PM
    It would'nt surprise me if it were some Muslims or Atheists. The Muslims always wish the worst for churchgoers and are some horrible people. Send the convicted creeps to the slammer.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 7, 2010 at 11:52 AM
    Ha! They missed the ones in Pamlico county who were also ripped off by theives. Took their a/c's also.
  • by here Location: here on Oct 7, 2010 at 11:02 AM
    How low can you go?? Robbing a church! Some people just amaze me in their lack of a conscious and morals. What a loser(s).
  • by Jim Location: Grifton on Oct 7, 2010 at 10:01 AM
    Preparing the folks for the afterlife maybe.
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