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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.