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Thieves strike at church

SoVaNow.com / January 02, 2014



Someone has stolen several large air conditioning and climate control units at Cedar Grove Baptist Church #2 on 212 Church Road near Clarksville, although the theft did not stop members of the congregation from worshipping on Sunday.

Charles Terry, chairman of the Trustees Board, said everything was intact on Friday when he left the church, but when he returned Sunday morning, he saw that thieves had removed a 4-ton and a 5-ton HVAC system and a smaller unit. Terry purchased several portable heating units before service started on Sunday.

A 5-ton unit like the stolen from the church costs upwards of $2,000. “Sadly,” said Terry, “[the thieves] who took it get only $60 to $80 selling the coils for scrap.” He takes consolation in knowing that, at least the units were insured and will be replaced once the insurance company issues a check for the loss.

The church suffered no other damage, according to Terry, who credits that to the church’s security system. He added, “Unfortunately, the system only monitors inside the church, and not the outside grounds.”

Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Deputy Tyler Duncan is continuing to investigate the theft, according to a statement released by the Sheriff’s office.

Cedar Grove Baptist Church #2 is the most recent victim in a series of church thefts in the Townsville, N.C. area that began around Thanksgiving. In each instance, the thief or thieves removed several heating and air conditioning coils from units outside of the church building.

Lt. Chris Whittemore, head of investigations for the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office, said his officers are working with the Vance County Sheriff’s office since several of the churches are located over the border in North Carolina.

The other churches that suffered similar losses include Antioch Church of Christ, Mt. Zion and Tungsten Mine Church.

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Should be able to track it thru the scrap metal dealers- unless heaven forbid someone's not following the scrap laws.

Didn't Vajenya enact statutes last year, that the local sheriff's offices had to issue scrap metal hauling permit? Supposedly to cut down on stuff like this?

http://scraplaws.com/scrap-laws-by-state.php?stateid=VA

http://scraplaws.com/scrap-laws-by-state.php?stateid=NC#beware


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