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Thefts hit growing number of county churches

July 11, 2011 by Anonymous

Aledo church is latest victim

Seven area churches have had air conditioning units stolen or destroyed in recent months according to a release from Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler.

The latest incident was at Faith Presbyterian Church in Aledo. Pastor Jim Witherow reported to deputies on Wednesday, July 6 that unknown suspects entered the property, stole the air conditioning unit from the side of the building and damaged a gated enclosure which was meant to house the unit. Church members also reported the system was working during church services Sunday, July 3, but were missing days after the service. Damages totaled more than $10,000.

Previous incidents include the April 15 theft at Adell Community Fellowship on Adell Court. Unknown suspects dismantled two air conditioning units and stole core components.

Two weeks later, unknown suspects stole the air conditioning unit from Soda Springs Baptist Church on Soda Springs Road.

Holy Redeemer Catholic Church members in Aledo reported unknown suspects stole components from five rooftop air conditioning units at the end of May. The suspects caused nearly $60,000 in damages after dismantling the units.

Church employees reported another incident occurring May 31, at Real Family Fellowship on Pearson Lane. Unknown suspects stole four units from the building. A church board member of Newsome Mound Community Fellowship on Newsome Mound Road in Springtown, reported the air conditioning unit was stolen from behind the church on June 20th.

Hope Lutheran School and Church in East Highway 199 in Springtown was also reported to have units destroyed from thieves who stole condenser coils from three units on July 2, 2011.

“These cases are being thoroughly investigated by our Criminal Investigations Division,” Sheriff Fowler said. “It is an awful crime to desecrate a house of worship or steal from a church. We urge the public to call the Sheriff’s Office with any information which may assist our investigators in solving these cases.”

Callers may remain anonymous by calling the Parker County Crime Stoppers at 817-599-5555 with any tips regarding these theft cases. Crime Stoppers will pay up to a $1,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest or indictment of the suspects involved.

Sports Calendar

Friday, March 27

  • Aledo Varsity at Crowley Tournament, all day

  • Aledo Ladycats and Bearcats Varsity Black and Orange at District 8-5A Preview at Squaw Valley Golf Course, Glen Rose.

  • Aledo Ladycats and Bearcats at Texas Relays, Qualifiers Only

  • Aledo Bearcats vs. Crowley at AHS Baseball Field, JV 5:00 pm and Varsity 7:30 pm. *District Game
    Aledo Bearcats Freshmen at Crowley, 5:00 pm. *District Game

  • Aledo Ladycats vs. Granbury at AHS Softball Field, JV 5:30 pm and Varsity 7:00 pm. *District Game

Monday, March 30

  • Aledo Ladycats at Cleburne, rescheduled from March 31 due to STAAR testing on Wednesday, Varsity 5:30 pm and JV 7:00 pm. *District Game

  • Aledo Bearcats JV at Burleson, 6:00 pm.
    Aledo Bearcats Freshmen vs. Burleson at AHS Baseball Field, 6:00 pm.
    Aledo Bearcats Varsity at Burleson, 7:00 pm., Rescheduled from March 31 due to STAAR testing on Wednesday.
    *District Games

Tuesday, March 31

  • Aledo JV at Brock, 4:00 pm.

  • Aledo Ladycats at Cleburne, changed to March 30 due to STAAR testing on Wednesday. *District Game

  • Aledo Bearcats Varsity at Burleson, changed to March 30 due to STAAR testing on Wednesday. *District Game

Thursday, April 2

  • Aledo Ladycats and Bearcats at Cleburne

  • Aledo Ladycats at Joshua, Varsity 5:30 pm and JV 7:00 pm. *District Game

  • Aledo Middle School vs. Burleson Hughes at Burleson High School, 4:30 pm

Friday, April 3

  • Aledo Bearcats vs. Granbury at AHS Baseball Field, JV 5:00 pm and Varsity 7:30 pm. *District Game
    Aledo Bearcats Freshmen at Granbury, 5:00 pm. *District Game

Monday, April 6

  • Aledo Bearcats JV at Cleburne, 6:00 pm. *District Game
    Aledo Bearcats Freshmen vs. Cleburne at AHS Baseball Field, 6:00 pm. *District Game

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